Views Differ Over NCLB Rules on Involving Parents
Scholars split on outlook for helping poor families spur changes in schools.
Even the parched language of the No Child Left Behind Act can’t conceal the high hopes lodged in the parts of the federal law that deal with parents.
More testing and better teachers have drawn greater attention, but they are not the only means the 4½-year-old law envisions for bringing every child up to academic par by 2014. Involved, informed, and provided with choices, parents—especially poor parents—will help change schools for the better. Or so the law seems to assume.
Research backs the hopes—to a point. After three decades of studies, there’s broad agreement that parent involvement and student success generally go together. And most research has focused on pinpointing and overcoming the barriers that have kept many low-income and minority parents bit players in...
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