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Accountability systems are only as good as the data on which they are based, which is one of the sobering lessons of the NCLB era. As the pressure increases on the federal government to update ESEA, policymakers ought to focus on designing an accountability system that will have more validity, reliability, fairness, and transparency.
As NYC Mayor de Blasio and his new chancellor, Carmen Fariña dive into the city's education system, their focus on assessment accountability should be " view[ed]...as a grand chance for a course correction."
As red ink continues to recede from state budgets nationwide, states and districts will find new opportunities to make smart investments in public education. The administrators who recognize the lessons of No Child Left Behind – both good and bad – will make the smartest choices.
Should No Child Left Behind be thought of as a well-intentioned initiative that failed? Or did it make some progress in its stated goal of improving academic achievement, particularly for disadvantaged students?
US urban school districts are successfully innovating to improve students' performance in reading and math, but more work must be done. The key to continued improvements is reforming these districts' instructional and organizational practices and supporting effective implementation of new Common Core State Standards.
These recommended changes to Title I--a key provision of No Child Left Behind--could make significant improvements when it comes to what goes on in America’s schools and school systems day-to-day.
Join a diverse group of panelists — including sociologists, education experts, and students — for a discussion of how public policy and culture can help families lay a firmer foundation for their children’s educational success, and of how the effects of paternal involvement vary by socioeconomic background.
This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI’s Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy.
During this event, experts with many different views on the ACA will offer their predictions for the future.