Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a man on a mission: to hear what teachers, students, parents, and school leaders in at least 15 states think about No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the controversial education law championed by former President George W. Bush.

Duncan visited schools in West Virginia May 5, the first stop in a series of steps toward reviewing and reforming NCLB. President Barack Obama has pledged to overhaul the law, but he has been vague about how far he would go, or whether he would scrap it altogether.

"I don't know if 'scrap' is the word," Duncan told reporters last...

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