Working paper

Is the No Child Left Behind Act Working? The Reliability of How States Track Achievement

Bruce Fuller University of California, Berkeley
Erin Kang State University of New York
Debate is well under way regarding the effi cacy of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, including whether this bundle of federal rules and resources is prompting gains in student achievement. Spirited conversation will intensify as the Congress discusses how to adjust and reauthorize this ambitious set of school reforms. Both state and federal gauges of student achievement will inform this debate.