No Child Left Behind is creating transparency, if not proficiency, writes Greg Forster of the Friedman Foundation on Pajamas Media.
When you set aside all the implausible multi-year plans, toothless sanctions, easily evaded school choice requirements, and other window dressing, NCLB boils down to one simple commercial transaction: the system got a big cash payoff, in exchange for which it agreed to give standardized tests and release up-to-date information on how students are performing.
. . . some mandate for standardized testing as the price of getting federal subsidies is indispensable. If the feds are going to subsidize education â€” and it seems that no force on earth can stop them – they might as well demand transparency in return.
The information NCLB is generating is vital to useful education research, Forster argues.