Many schools are improving student performance, especially for poor and minority children, say Education Trust and the National Alliance of Black School Educators and Education Trust. No Child Left Behind Act has helped educators focus “some for the first time — on the academic performance of all children,” says Ed Trust, which fears NCLB will be watered down.
According to Education Week, NCLB has forced districts to work harder to get chronic truants back in school. In Los Angeles, 14 percent of students are absent for more than 25 days; just this summer, the school board voted to let teachers link grades to attendance.
Also see the Baltimore Sun’s series on the push by educational software companies to sell their products to schools with low scores and lots of extra NCLB money to spend. The problem is there’s little research to establish whether these software programs are effective.