Campaign rhetoric fails to account for NCLB's complex effect on U.S. schools, writes Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat and lead NCLB author. On the law's sixth birthday, it has already revolutionized how states track progress of disadvantaged students, and may be beginning to reduce troublesome achievement gaps, Kennedy writes. He notes, however, that major changes are needed: schools must be rewarded for progress, classroom innovation encouraged, educators offered more support and school resources fully funded.

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