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Leaving No Child Behind – Options for Kids in Failing Schools


reviewed by Steve Markbreiter — 2006

coverTitle: Leaving No Child Behind – Options for Kids in Failing Schools
Author(s): Frederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403965889, Pages: 303, Year: 2004
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The No Child Left Behind Act (“NCLB”) has changed the landscape of public education in this country.  NCLB’s standards and accountability provisions require that public schools annually test all students in grades 3–8 in reading and math and that every state measure whether its schools are making “adequate yearly progress” (AYP).  Schools that fail to make AYP face the sanctions of public school choice (the option of moving to another school) and supplemental educational services (the opportunity to receive free tutoring). In Leaving No Child Behind—Options for Kids in Failing Schools, Frederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn, Jr., bring together a select group of researchers for a formative analysis of NCLB.  While the editors note that it is too early to evaluate how NCLB’s provisions have affected student achievement, this book seeks to assess early evidence on local implementation of choice and supplemental services and whether these tools are on... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1638-1642
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12207, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 3:13:56 PM

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  • Steve Markbreiter
    National Academy Foundation
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    STEVE MARKBREITER is Senior Director with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), which works to reform high school education throughout the country through school-community partnerships and career-themed instruction. His responsibilities include the coordination and development of NAF’s support and technical assistance materials, which includes managing curriculum development and delivery, professional development, and technical assistance resources for schools and districts. Previously, Steve managed the Academy of Finance program, including communications with existing programs, review, approval and support of new program sites, and technical assistance to existing sites. Steve received his doctorate in Educational Organization and Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College, as well as a J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining NAF in 2001, Steve was a Social Studies teacher at Washington Irving High School and Port Chester High School, in New York.
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