Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Deborah J. Gallagher


The purpose of this thesis is multifaceted. First, I will provide an overview of the main provisions of the NCLB Act. For each provision, I will review a range of criticisms of the new legislation expressed by prominent scholars in the field of education. These criticisms include problems with: underfunding, accountability of testing requirements, expanded parental options, local control and flexibility, the validity of evidence-based practices, and the assessment of teacher quality. Finally, I will examine how these concerns have been addressed by the legislators and offer some thoughts on the on the appropriateness of NCLB.

Year of Submission



Department of Special Education

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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