Jan 10, 2013
While 'No Child Left Behind' aims to improve schools, Congress can improve the law. Flexibility and capacity are crucial, particularly for struggling schools, writes Brian Stecher.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002—popularly known as NCLB—mandates increased accountability for school performance, gives states and communities freedom in the use of Title I funding, targets federal funds to scientifically proven education programs and methods, and provides options to parents when schools do not meet standards. Since NCLB's inception, several RAND projects and reports have made unique and valuable contributions to the education policy debate.