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NCLB at the Crossroads: Reexamining the Federal Effort to Close the Achievement Gap [Hardcover]

Michael A. Rebell , Jessica R. Wolff
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April 11, 2009 0807749443 978-0807749449 0
''NCLB at the Crossroads challenges all of us to think differently, and to do so with a sense of urgency, because our children cannot wait.''
-- Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

This important new work from Rebell and Wolff, authors of the groundbreaking volume Moving Every Child Ahead: From NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity, brings together the nation's leading researchers and thinkers in the field of educational equity to provide a range of provocative critiques that go well beyond what has already been said on the subject of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Unlike most books, this one puts aside political rhetoric and quick-fix solutions to tackle the truly difficult questions about how to ensure meaningful educational opportunities for all children.

Accessible to a broad audience of educators, policymakers, and advocates, this authoritative volume:
* Assesses NCLB's contribution to closing our national achievement gap in the 7 years since its enactment.
* Provides concrete suggestions for important revisions and additions to NCLB.
* Features vital contributions to the discussion on educational equity, considering both within-school and out-of-school factors.
* Examines current debates surrounding NCLB's reauthorization, as well as the future direction of U.S. education research, policy, and practice.

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About the Author

Michael Rebell is executive director and Jessica Wolff is policy director for the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Contributors: Amy Stuart Wells, Michael T. Nettles, Catherine M. Millett, Hyeyoung Oh, Eugene E. Garcia, Margaret J. McLaughlin, Meredith Miceli, Amanda Hoffman, Richard Rothstein, Rebecca Jacobsen, Tamara Wilder, Robert Linn, Robert Schwartz, Susanna Loeb, Luke Miller, Richard Elmore

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (April 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807749443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807749449
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of NCLB and Its Detractors April 11, 2010
Format:Hardcover
This important book was edited by Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff. Rebell is Adjunct Associate Professor of Law and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. With a B.A. from Harvard and an LL.B. from Yale, he has specialized in issues relating to: equity in education, the role of the courts in institutional reform litigation, and social reform. Wolff is the policy director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, and conducts research in educational accountability.

The back cover of this volume includes praise from Arne Duncan (the U.S. Secretary of Education), Gary Orfield (co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA), and Susan B. Neuman (who has served as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education). The authors who contributed include such respected scholars as Robert L. Linn and Richard F. Elmore. Clearly, the thoughts expressed deserve the attention of everyone who is interested in (and concerned about) the state of education in America today.

Perhaps the most widespread criticism of NCLB is the concept of "Proficiency for All" included in the legislation. This concept is rightly labeled an oxymoron in a chapter written by Richard Rothstein (Teachers College, Columbia), Rebecca Jacobsen (Michigan State University) and Tamara Wilder (University of Michigan). The authors state, "NCLB's requirement that all students be proficient in math and reading at the same `challenging' standards ignores the reality that, even under the best circumstances and in the best schools, children's abilities vary widely." They cite a statement made by former Commissioner of Education Harold Howe wherein he notes that "...
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