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Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind


reviewed by Richard D. Kahlenberg June 30, 2008

coverTitle: Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind
Author(s): Adam Gamoran (Ed.)
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 0815730330, Pages: 340, Year: 2007
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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 promised the moon—100% of students, including the most economically deprived, would become proficient in math and reading by 2014.  Seven years later, NCLB has become what one of the bill's key sponsors, Democratic Congressman George Miller, calls "the most negative brand in the country."  What went wrong?  And how can the legislation be improved to truly reduce the "poverty gap" in achievement?   A new volume edited by Adam Gamoran, professor of sociology and education policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sheds important light on what should be done.  The chapters, written by a diverse group of scholars that includes sociologists, economists, education professors, and public policy experts, are drawn from a February 2006 conference.  Because NCLB remained relatively new at the time, many of the chapters report on studies conducted on the efficacy of older state-level policies that mirror what NCLB... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15299, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:46:04 PM

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  • Richard Kahlenberg
    The Century Foundation
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    RICAHRD D. KAHLENBERG, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, is author of Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2007) and All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School Choice (Brookings Institution Press, 2001). He is also the editor of Improving on No Child Left Behind: Getting Education Reform Back on Track (Century Foundation Press, forthcoming).
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