With Vasil Jaiani, now appearing in Quality Assurance in Education:
We examine the policy process that lead to the passage of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in the United States and the Bush Administration’s role in this process. We first describe the NCLB Act and focus on its major provisions and implementation. We then focus on how the Bush Administration helped create the opportunity to pass the NCLB Act by building coalitions, and how public opinion affected the evolution of the policy process. Finally, we describe how policy ideas like the concept of “accountability” shaped the policy process, and both inspired and constrained the Bush Administration.