Congress should reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) this year, declares a high-profile report released Feb. 13 by the Aspen Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

Declares the report, titled "NCLB and Beyond": The rejuvenated law should establish national standards for student achievement, broaden the definition of highly qualified teachers, and authorize $400 million over four years to help states develop data systems to track student achievement and teacher qualifications.

The bipartisan commission--co-chaired by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, who served 14 years as the Republican governor of Wisconsin, and...

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