What "No Child Left Behind" Can Teach Higher Ed

What "No Child Left Behind" Can Teach Higher Ed

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  • Molly Simon
  • Education Events Coordinator
  • msimon@thirdway.org
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  • Ladan Ahmadi
  • Senior Media Relations Manager
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  • Over the last two decades, Congress has taken bipartisan action to increase federal oversight in our country’s K-12 system through the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the subsequent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). However when it comes to higher education, we’ve seen no comparable effort to hold institutions responsible for the success of their students.

    Thankfully, as Congress looks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, we can learn from NCLB to make sure accountability in higher education is crafted in a way that improves the quality of our higher education system.

    Third Way hosted a conversation around key lessons learned from the NCLB era for higher education. The event served as a spinoff of a new report from Third Way which aims to help the higher education community avoid some of the same pitfalls as NCLB, as well as a paper for Third Way on how to think about and use subgroups in higher education authored by Sarah Bolton, former Democratic Education Policy Director for the Senate HELP Committee.

    The event featured opening remarks followed by a panel discussion that included:

    • Tamara Hiler (moderator), Deputy Director of Education at Third Way
    • Sarah Bolton, former Democratic Education Policy Director for the Senate HELP Committee
    • Roberto J. Rodríguez, President and CEO of Teach Plus
    • James Bergeron, President of the National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER)