To help policy makers, the news media, and other stakeholders–including school officials–understand the effects of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Center on Education Policy (CEP) has developed a series of four one-page policy briefs highlighting major findings from its 2005 annual report: “From the Capital to the Classroom: Year Three of the No Child Left Behind Act.” The first brief, released back in June, examines why urban schools are being identified for improvement at a disproportionate rate than suburban or rural schools. The remaining briefs, which are now available free of charge on CEP’s web site, address the following topics: “Middle Schools are Increasingly Targeted for Improvement”; “Is NCLB Narrowing the Curriculum?”; and “What School Districts Are Doing to Improve Teacher Quality in High-Need Schools.”

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