Monday, August 21, 2006

NCLB Commission Looks at NCLB Impact on High Schools

On August 4, the Aspen Institute's Commission on No Child Left Behind held the last in a series of summer roundtable discussions on the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with a discussion of the law's effects on high schools. Participants included: Gaston Caperton, president, The College Board (NY); Bob Wise, president, Alliance for Excellent Education; Michael Cohen, president, Achieve, Inc.; Robert Balfanz, associate research scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools, John Hopkins University; Fredreka Schouten, Senior Associate and Director of Public Outreach, Education Trust; and Becky Pringle, Chair, NEA ESEA Advisory Committee, National Education Association.

The roundtable addressed issues such as: teacher quality; testing requirements; graduation rates; sanctions; college preparation; funding; and assessment and accountability.

The Commission will continue its work this fall with a hearing on NCLB in late September in Washington D.C. More information on the Commission and its work is available at

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