Civil Rights Project Report on NCLB

K-12 Testing

The Harvard Civil Rights Project (HCRP) has released NCLB Meets School Realities, a detailed look at the design flaws of the No Child Left Behind law and its often harmful implementation in such areas as supplemental services, school transfers and high school graduation requirements. The sanctions imposed by the law, says the report, are more likely to affect schools serving low-income and minority-group children; but the sanctions will make it less, not more likely that those children will be served well. The report details harmful consequences to teaching and learning due to the narrow emphasis on high-stakes testing, which causes schools to devote less attention to untested subjects.


• The report is published by Corwin Press; some parts are on the HCRP website www.civil