The No Child Left Behind Act
The policy position paper offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to analyze a policy problem, discuss a range of policy solutions, analyze the rational and political ramifications of each alternative, and support a proposed policy change with evidence from the professional literature. This paper synthesizes the policy analysis approaches learned throughout the semester.
Students will conduct a search of the available literature (with emphasis on peer-reviewed journal articles) surrounding the selected policy problem.
Students will prepare an 8-page paper
(not including title page or references page) in APA-6th edition style. Topics to be addressed (use these as headings in your paper) are:
Brief introduction to the policy problem;
history of social welfare policy in this area;
alternative proposals to address this problem (minimum of three alternatives);
rational policy analysis of the alternatives;
political ramifications of each alternative;
proposal for policy change based in the alternatives (with evidentiary support from the literature);
summary and conclusion.