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It Takes More than Pressure to Help Struggling Schools


by Pedro Noguera — May 16, 2005

No Child Left Behind has succeeded in getting schools to focus more intently on the need to improve student achievement. By requiring schools and districts to report test scores and disaggregate the results by various recognized subgroups, the law has also succeeded in making districts accountable for the performance of their neediest students. However, for schools like the one I visited in Miami, with a long-term record of poor performance, at least as measured by standardized test scores, more than just pressure will be needed to help them to improve.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 16, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11872, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 1:31:36 AM

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  • Pedro Noguera
    New York University
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    PEDRO NOGUERA is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. An urban sociologist, Noguera’s scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. His most recent book, City Schools and the American Dream was published by Teachers College Press in the fall of 2003.
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