Description - No Child Left Behind? by Paul E. Peterson
The 2002 No Child Left Behind Act is the most important legislation in American education since the 1960s. The law requires states to put into place a set of standards, together with a comprehensive testing plan designed to ensure these standards are met. Students at schools that fail to meet those standards may leave for other schools, and schools not progressing adequately become subject to reorganization. Its significance lies less in federal dollar contributions than in the direction it gives to school spending. It helps codify the movement toward common standards and school accountability. As the first scholarly assessment of the new legislation, this book cuts new ground in the ongoing debate over accountability. The distingushed contributors examine the law's origins, the politics surrounding its implementation, and its likely consequences for American education.
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Author Biography - Paul E. Peterson
Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard, the director of PEPG, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is author or editor of numerous books, including The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools, with William G. Howell (Brookings, 2004 and 2006). Martin R. West is an assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and deputy director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was formerly a guest scholar in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.