Congressional Briefing - January 9, 2008

No Child Left Behind (NCLB): What Do We Know, and What Does It Tell Us?

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Special Guest Panelists:

John Deasy, Superintendent, Prince George's County Schools
Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, D.C. Public Schools

RAND Panelists:

Laura Hamilton, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND
Brian Stecher, Senior Social Scientist, RAND
Georges Vernez, Senior Social Scientist, RAND


Lindsey Kozberg, Vice President of External Affairs, RAND; former Director of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Education


Wednesday, January 9, 2008


2:00 P.M.


210 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

For decades, parents, educators, and policy-makers have sought ways to raise the quality of education in U.S. schools. As Congress continues the authorization process, one must ask how well NCLB has contributed toward this comprehensive goal. RAND invites you to attend an NCLB panel discussion with focus on what the law was intended to do and how well it's achieving those ends.

The discussion will look at issues such as:

  • How well has the law been implemented and what effect it has had on schools?
  • Why is participation in parental choice relatively low?
  • Are schools losing focus on subjects such as science and art?
  • What do teachers say about effects of the law in the classroom?
  • What changes could be written into the law to make it better?

This event is informal and participants are encouraged to bring their own questions, ideas, and suggestions.

RAND Office of Congressional Relations

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Further Inquiries

For further information about this event, contact the Office of Congressional Relations at or call (703) 413-1100 x5395.