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Teachers' Views on No Child Left Behind: Support for the Principles, Concerns about the Practices

Richard Murnane and John P. Papay

Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2010, vol. 24, issue 3, 151-66

Abstract: In this article, we describe teachers' views of the behavioral responses the No Child Left Behind legislation has elicited and the extent to which research reveals evidence of these responses and their effects on the distribution of student achievement. We focus on teachers' reactions to three aspects of NCLB that are particularly relevant to them: 1) the testing requirements and the rules determining "Adequate Yearly Progress" (AYP) under NCLB; 2) the sanctions imposed on schools that fail to meet AYP; and 3) the requirement that all teachers of core academic subjects be "highly qualified" in their areas of teaching assignment. Overall, we find that teachers overwhelmingly support the principles underlying the No Child Left Behind legislation, including that schools should be held accountable for educating all children well. However, teachers are concerned that the incentives created by some provisions of the law have elicited unintended responses that reduce the quality of education provided to at least some children.

JEL-codes: H52 H75 I21 I28 J45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.24.3.151
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