Ten years ago, George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, the law that has dominated U.S. education—and the education policy debate—for the entire decade. While lawmakers are struggling to update that measure, experts across the political spectrum are struggling to make sense of its impact and legacy. Did NCLB, and the consequential accountability movement it embodied, succeed? And with near-stagnant national test scores of late, is there reason to think that this approach to school reform is exhausted? If not “consequential accountability,” what could take the U.S. to the next level of student achievement?

Join three leading experts at the Fordham Institute at 8:30 a.m. EST on January 5 as they wrestle with these questions. Panelists include Hoover Institute economist Eric Hanushek, DFER's Charles Barone, and former NCES commissioner Mark Schneider, author of a forthcoming Fordham analysis of the effects of consequential accountability. NCLB drafter Sandy Kress, previously identified as a panelist, will be unable to attend.


Marc Schneider

Mark Schneider, vice president of the Education, Human Development and the Workforce program, American Institutes for Research

Eric Hanushek

Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna senior fellow in education, the Hoover Institution

Charles Barone

Charles Barone, director of federal policy, Democrats for Education Reform



Michael J. Petrilli, executive vice president, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute