No Child Left Behind requires radical reform, writes Nicholas Lemann in Washington Monthly.
What schools need is, first, a national standard of what proficiency in reading and math means; second, a curriculum that gets students to that level; and finally, tests tailored specifically to that curriculum. That way teaching the class and “teaching to the test” are the same thing.
Neither candidate has called for abolishing NCLB. Lemann has hopes it will survive the election. However, it’s more likely it will be made weaker than stronger.