Is No Child Left Behind enhancing educational opportunities for our most disadvantaged students? According to Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind, past efforts to raise educational standards have done little to help poor children. Some strategies seem promising, such as requiring teachers to master their subjects, assessing core academic content, and offering free tutoring to struggling students. However, poor implementation of such reforms has curtailed their potential positive impact.
At this Brown Center event, four of the book’s authors provided an overview of findings, explained key details in the areas of teacher quality and supplemental tutoring, and offered recommendations for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.