Washington, DC -- A disturbing talent drain in our nation?s schools, squandering the potential of millions of lower-income, high-achieving students each year was exposed today before the U.S. House of Representative?s Education Committee. New research cited at the hearing shows that students who demonstrate strong academic potential despite obstacles that come with low incomes, are currently ignored under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Alternative NCLB legislation being debated in the Education Committee hearing today includes provisions that could, for the first time, hold schools accountable for the academic growth of students performing at advanced levels....

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