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Michelle Rhee
No Child Left Behind and testing help hold schools accountable
No Child Left Behind and testing help hold schools accountable

The controversial education law known as No Child Left Behind is up for reauthorization, and amid the nuances under debate one question stands out: Will pressures from the left and right force the federal government to abandon its annual, statewide testing requirements? When enacted into law in 2002, NCLB had widespread, bipartisan backing including support from President George W. Bush and Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy . Nonetheless, it had numerous creaky provisions, not least of which were the testing provisions that held schools accountable for student achievement. Its measure of whether a school was failing was too bizarre for most people to understand and placed schools...

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