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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