No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the school reform law destined to be President Bush's prime domestic legacy, is under fire these days. And with Bush an unpopular lame duck, the law's critics see an opportunity to kill or weaken it...
There's only one problem with all this criticism: The standards-and-accountability movement appears to be working.
A new, 50-state report on the law's impact by the Center on Education Policy, a non-partisan think tank, found reading and math scores rising and minority achievement gaps narrowing.
Readers of this blog know I'm a stout believer in NCLB, and have been for quite some time. I'm glad this piece presents a view that's too often absent in the press.