The Importance Of Disengaged Students In Education

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Teachers have been struggling with disengaged students for decades. In order to make any positive strides in American education, educators need to focus on the one factor that can illuminate the reasons for disengagement, the student. For the purposes of this paper, disengaged students are the ones who do not exhibit active learning skills during a class period in school. These learners may over-socialize with peers, use digital devices throughout class, cut classes, leave class frequently, sleep, or fail to submit in-class and out of class assignments. In 2001, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, instilling hope that the federal government could better hold K-12 schools accountable for all students to have proficient academic outcomes (Klein, 2017). President Obama made changes to the No Child Left Behind Act when 42 states needed waivers due to not reaching the proficiency expectation. In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was enacted. This Act provides states with more flexibility in order to help students meet proficiency. The Act also provides resources to secondary institutions that struggle to meet graduation requirements (“ESSA Overview,” 2017). In an effort to align education across America, states could opt into utilizing the Common Core State Standards beginning in 2009. This academic overhaul became the national effort in organizing education in America by standardizing what is learned and when in K-12 schools. Currently, 42 states and the
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