Nclb Thesis

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For many poor, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups, the country has not made significant progress toward quality education for at-risk youth consistent with specific provisions outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act, failing the hopes of students and their families. When the NCLB Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002, it was supposed to represent a new beginning in providing quality school education to young people who come from low-income families and who have special needs. Its purpose was to close the achievement gap between groups of students in elementary and high schools. However, many school districts across the country are still having difficulties in meeting the…show more content…
Unfortunately, these mandates did not produce the type of results supporters of the law had hope for. “Rather, they taught educators to see accountability as unserious and political” (Bell and Hess). The law produced false positives, resulting in mediocre to poor performances on standardized tests, more public school takeovers and/or overhauling of school districts, controversial teacher reforms, dependence on standardized test preparation rather than classroom-content instruction, and increased academic wrongdoings (e.g., changing of student grades and test-taking fraud). In 2015, Congress in both chambers passed a new education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), designed to fix some of the flaws under NCLB. The ESSA was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015. This law shifted most of the responsibility of education policy and school accountability from the federal government to the states. “However, the law modified but did not eliminate provisions relating to the periodic standardized tests given to students” (“Every Student Succeeds Act”). On the legal front, there have been remarkably very few legal challenges to NCLB. However, a few states and special interest groups have tried to get some of the mandates taken out because they were unconstitutional and/or created a financial burden on school districts across the country. One
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