ON-Lion Letter
The federal "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) program has generated much debate since its passage in 2002.  Many have criticized it, but in Learning from No Child Left Behind:  How and Why the Nation’s Most Important but Controversial Education Law Should Be RenewedHoover Institution distinguished visiting fellow John E. Chubb defends the program. 

"The law has provided the nation with ambitious goals, concrete timetables, and potent remedies for raising student achievement and providing every American child a decent education,” according to Chubb, chief development officer and cofounder of EdisonLearning and a member of Hoover's Task Force on K-12 Education.  Chubb's most-recent book is this year's Liberating Learning:  Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education, co-authored with Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe.

In Learning from No Child Left Behind, Cubb delineates the conclusions drawn by members of the task force after reviewing research on NCLB.  First, the nation is making academic progress.  Student achievement is increasing, after a generation of stagnation, especially for the disadvantaged students that NCLB sought most directly to help.

Second, as students are learning, we are learning more as a nation about what truly works to raise student achievement.  Third, although it would be premature to ascribe achievement gains directly to NCLB, it is safe to say that the principles on which NCLB is based provide an empirically sound foundation for serious school reform.

Fourth, NCLB contains elements of unfairness, some of its provisions do not work nearly as well as they could, and at least one provision does not work at all.  Finally, NCLB should be reauthorized but with major defects corrected.
 
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports Hoover's initiative on American Educational Institutions and Academic Performance, of which the education task force is a part. 
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