Schools, Teachers Work to Meet No Child Left Behind Goals
NewsHour education special correspondent John Merrow looked into
how some teachers and school districts are handling the federal
education law and states' execution of it in a three-part series:
I: School Districts Find Loopholes in No Child Left Behind
II: Failing San Diego Schools Work to Meet Standards (8/15/07)
III: Teachers Grapple with Attaining Education Law's Goals
House Education Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., and
ranking member Howard McKeon, R-Calif., answer questions about
reauthorizing the law.
Three 2007 Teacher of the Year awardees answer questions about
how No Child Left Behind has affected their classrooms.
Map and Podcasts: Uncover the NCLB "loopholes" in your
state, examine a case study -- Illinois, and hear extended interview
with U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
April 3, 2007
Officials Debate Effectiveness of No Child Left Behind
President Bush's No Child Left Behind education law, passed in
2002 to help close the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged
students, is set to expire this year. Two education administrators
discuss the law and give their views on its effectiveness.
March 21, 2007
Target Mandatory Testing in Education Law
News for Students: The amount of testing in public schools
and whether it is replacing creative classes is being debated
in the nation's capital as a growing number of school administrators
and parents pressure lawmakers to come up with alternatives to
President Bush's education policy.
August 30, 2006
Struggle to Reach Teacher Qualification Goals
When signed into law in 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act required
that teachers of all "core subject" areas be highly qualified
by the end of the 2005-6 school year. A report released by the
federal government in mid-August found that no state had achieved
June 21, 2006
Carolina School Fears Losing Federal Funding
A report from Chapel Hill, N.C. looks at one elementary school
that failed to meet reading requirements under the No Child Left
Behind Act for low-income students last year and could lose federal
Title I funding if the 2005-6 test scores fail to show an improvement.
-- from North Carolina Public Radio
March 23, 2006
York School Caught on NCLB Failing Schools List
NewsHour special correspondent for education John Merrow visits
a highly praised New York City school that, due to regulations
under No Child Left Behind Law, isn't making the grade.
October 19, 2005
Math Scores Up, Reading Flat
New results from a national math and reading test show improvements
in math, but none in reading, continuing the trend from before
the implementation of the No Child Left Behind law -- President
Bush's education initiative requiring states to test students
annually as a prerequisite for receiving federal funds.
August 24, 2005
Lawsuit Highlights Growing Opposition to Federal Law
Connecticut this week became the first state to sue the U.S. government
over the No Child Left Behind law, saying the Department of Education
has not supplied the necessary funds to implement the testing
required by the federal education initiative.
Ray Suarez talks with Betty Sternberg, Connecticut commissioner
of education, and Sandy Kress, former senior education adviser
to President Bush, about state concerns and criticisms over No
Child Left Behind.
Files Suit over No Child Left Behind
August 21, 2005
of Schools Failing to Meet Standards Likely to Jump
As students prepare to return to school and four years after the
federal No Child Left Behind act was signed, administrators, teachers
and elected officials in many states are struggling to keep up
with increasing levels of performance required under the act.
May 5, 2005
John Merrow looks at how the No Child Left Behind law is affecting
the growing number of free tutoring programs for students around
April 14, 2005
Child Left Behind Act
Educators in Utah have devised a new plan to improve school performance,
one they say overrides the Bush administration's "flawed" No Child
Left Behind Act.
April 7, 2005
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings discusses the forthcoming
revisions to the No Child Left Behind law and the controversy
over PBS' Postcards from Buster episode.
May 25, 2004
John Merrow continues his series on the impact of the No Child
Left Behind Act with a look at the law's effects on school programs
for gifted students.
April 20, 2004
President Bush's education initiative No Child Left Behind introduced
standardized testing to all American classrooms. John Merrow looks
at the impact of the act on students in special-education classes.
March 15, 2004
The Department of Education relaxed some of the new standards
in the No Child Left Behind program Monday, as part of a series
of steps to make the law more palatable in schoolrooms around
the country. Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives on the relaxed rules.
Jan. 8, 2004
Writing and Politics
President Bush's No Child Left Behind education reform act passed
with broad bipartisan support two years ago, but today many Democrats
say the bill has not delivered what it promised. Two experts debate
the merits of the act.
Nov. 13, 2003
The Department of Education on Thursday released the latest test
scores from the nation's fourth and eighth graders. Margaret Warner
discusses the results, which show an improvement in students'
understanding of math, with Education Week senior editor Lynn
Sept. 2, 2003
John Merrow reports from Maine where some educators and legislators
oppose the No Child Left Behind Act.
March 28, 2002
Special education correspondent John Merrow reports on testing
Dec. 18, 2001
Gwen Ifill discusses the education reform bill recently passed
by Congress with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. John Boehner
Aug. 13, 2001
With congress in recess, what do education reform efforts look
like from around the country?
June 15, 2001
The Senate passes the first major overhaul of the nation's education
policy in 35 years, linking federal funding to academic achievement.
May 1, 2001
The Senate opens debate on President Bush's efforts to increase
federal education spending, testing and school choice.
Feb. 15, 2001
Four experts discuss President Bush's proposal for required testing
Jan. 24, 2001
The new Secretary of Education Rod Paige begins his work under
President George W. Bush.
Aug. 28, 2000
Elizabeth Farnsworth examines two studies that point to weaknesses
in American public education.