The Elementary And Secondary Education Act

1526 Words Oct 19th, 2014 7 Pages
The The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), was revamped in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Due to the time period of the inception and now, there is a pressing need for reform. Even when the law expired four years ago, Congress continued to update the out of date NCLB Act was never seriously considered by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce until now. Since the Republicans assumed control of the House of Representatives, they have created and passed a series of reaffirmation bills out of the particular committee such as the Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act, which passed through the House of Representatives with a great bipartisan majority. This bill is part of the attempt to reform the outmoded NCLB Act.
At inception, the NCLB Act was thought of as revolutionary, and in some ways it was. The larger use of data helped superintendents, school boards, and teachers identify students that were in need of additional instruction and offered parents a view of the quality of the schools. But, even with these innovations, the NCLB Act had some weaknesses. The Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is a “one-size-fits-all” standard that hampers states’ and school districts’ ability to appropriately gauge the learning done by the students and to tailor the schools’ curriculums to enable the students to graduate high schools successfully prepared for any postsecondary education or the workforce. The system of mandated…
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