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Moving Past No Child Left Behind

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Science  06 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5954, pp. 803-804
DOI: 10.1126/science.1177459

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Weaknesses in the U.S educational system are clear. U.S. students do not compare well to peers in many other nations in their mastery of mathematics and science (1). Inequities in educational resources and outcomes are glaring. Although policy responses to these problems should include holding educators accountable for student performance, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a poorly designed test-based accountability (TBA) system that requires fundamental changes.