No Child Left Behind promises parents more information and more choices. But that part of the law is not being fully implemented.
Achievement numbers by race, teacher qualifications, test explanations, offers to transfer students from struggling or dangerous schools — the No Child Left Behind education law requires all of it and more be provided to parents.
. . . No education law has made more promises to parents. Its goal of getting all students to grade level in reading and math is itself built on this promise: Parents will get vast, timely, understandable information about schools, and use it to make the best choices for their kids.
Yet as the second full school year under the law winds down, many in education say the parental provisions are potentially powerful, but too enormous to deal with or too easy to sidestep while other aspects of the law demand attention.
As a result, many parents who stand to gain do not know what they are missing.
Here’s the Education Department’s parents’ guide.