Essay on The No Child Left Behind Act

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President Bush quoted, “Clearly, our children are our future…Too many of our neediest children are being left behind” (www.ed.gov). The “No Child Left Behind” Act expands the federal government’s role in elementary and secondary education. The NCLB act was enacted January 8, 2002, and has four reform principles to the act: Accountability, flexibility, Researched-based reforms and parental options. Accountability begins with informed parents, communities and elected leaders so we can work together to improve schools. The states will measure the progress by testing every child in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, states will implement fair and effective annual tests and Washington will provide funding to states to design and…show more content…
As just one example, under the Choice provisions of NCLB, LEAs must allow transfers of students from poorly performing Title I schools to good schools, but Title I funding will not follow that student to the new school. NCLB's Choice provisions ignore such realities, suggesting that poorly performing students will somehow magically become good readers by moving to a school with good scores. The likelihood is that your previously successful school will find its average scores pulled down dramatically by the new arrivals. Since your school's performance is rated by disaggregating five sub categories of students and watching their scores, your school could rapidly decline into a poorly performing category, so much for reform. Improving student performance is ultimately a matter of improving the capacity of the system to deliver effective learning experiences to all students. Another problem with NCLB act is school choice, if a school fails two years in a row every single student has the right to go to another school. This creates a bigger student to teacher ratio, and gives students less individual time with the teacher. There is also Too little focus on social causes of poor performance, despite decades of evidence that poor school performance is shaped in part by poverty, neglect and various social disadvantages, NCLB does little to alter those root causes. Anyone with a true commitment to turning around the performance of disadvantaged children would

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