A Bad Road Paved with Good Intentions: The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Poor and Minority Students
This paper considers NCLB’s [No Child Left Behind] impact on the racial and income achievement gaps the law sought to narrow. It will also explain how, in some ways, NCLB may have actually worked to harm the struggling students it sought to protect. Finally, this paper concludes with a recommendation for how lawmakers and educators can learn from NCLB’s mistakes, and consider policies that may help achieve the goals Congress created in 2001.
Lindy K. Stevens is a member of the Class of 2015 of Washington and Lee University School of Law.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]