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Education Policy Fellowship Program

NCLB: A Policy in Limbo --

A Look Backward, a Look Forward

April 2 2012
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU


No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a 2002 reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), called for every child in the United States to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. As the federal policy governing elementary and secondary education for nearly a decade, NCLB has influenced every realm of educational policy and public education practice and made common such terms “highly qualified teachers” and “high stakes testing.” Yet, NCLB has not been reauthorized leaving both the policy and the state of public education in limbo.

We are currently in a phase where states are allowed to receive federal waivers from the requirements of NCLB. There are many who are critical of this process, however, the gridlock in Washington, D.C. leaves little in the way of alternatives.

In this session, we will consider the history of NCLB both federally and locally as well as its current status and possible future outcomes. By focusing on NCLB, we will engage in discussions that draw upon many of the learning objectives from our year together as EPFP fellows to reflect on the reach and limitations of federal educational policy.

EPFP Learning Team Members:
Brian Broderick
Marcia Docks
Bob Krusky
Vanessa Garry
Michelle Purdy


Resource People
Dr. Edward D. Roeber, Adjunct Professor of Education, Measurement, and Quantitative Methods, College of Education, Michigan State University
Roeber bio sketch


The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch
*Chapter 1: What I Learned About School Reform
*Chapter 2: Hijacked! How the Standards Movement Turned Into A Testing Movement
“Bringing Flexibility and Focus to Education Law: Looking Back and Moving Forward” U.S. Department of Education
Questions to consider for the Diane Ravitch reading