Posted 4/11/12 by Common Good
New Jersey Representative Rob Andrews, the latest contributor to our “America the Fixable” series, believes the No Child Left Behind Act should be mended, not ended.
Andrews argues that the law “has helped close the achievement gap between minority students and white students, decrease the high school dropout rate, and help many schools realize their true potential. But,” he says, “the law is outdated and fails to fully address our students' --and our nation's--educational needs.”
Andrews proposes three changes to the No Child Left Behind Act:
- We must implement a longitudinal data method to measure success.
- Special education students should have individual and personalized standards for progress.
- We need a better system to measure progress for English learners.
See the complete reform proposal here.
"America the Fixable" is an online magazine collaboration between The Atlantic and Common Good. It provides a bipartisan forum for the presentation of bold, new ideas to reform America's governmental and legal system--ideas that need to be part of the 2012 debate.