The chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee declared last week that the No Child Left Behind Act has succeeded in improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps between minority students and their other peers.
“Initial results show No Child Left Behind is working,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., said at a May 18 hearing, the first of several planned this year in advance of the scheduled 2007 reauthorization of the law.
The committee heard from teachers who have integrated mathematics and reading instruction with other subjects, including physical education.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., was more critical of the law, stating that it “has become a way to label schools, not always accurately.”
A version of this article appeared in the May 24, 2006 edition of Education Week