How To Measure the Accomplishments of NCLB?

George W BushGeorge W BushBoth Democrats and Republicans seem to want to quickly reauthorize ESEA, dubbed No Child Left Behind when the accountability centerpiece of education reform was reauthorized last in 2002. But first its time to look at the data on how the test-based approach has fared. Two studies have done just that. The National Center for Fair and Open Testing examined the data here. And the National Education Policy Center did so here. Turns out we were doing better under strategies being pursued before these "reforms." Perhaps its time to hold the architects and purveyers of the test-based accountbility reform strategy accountable.