Former Head of Massachusetts Schools Weighs in on Tenth Anniversary of No Child Left Behind
The sweeping federal education reform act called No Child Left Behind was signed into law in January of 2002. The cornerstone of the legislation---more standards-based academic testing and strict accountability measures. But now, ten years later, efforts to renew the law are bogged down. Former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Education- David Driscoll was at the helm when NCLB was passed and is considered the architect of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Test-or MCAS-which predated the federal standards. Driscoll says that overall NCLB has not produced substantial results for the nation's public schools in part because of unrealistic timetables.