The No Child Left Behind Act

1848 WordsNov 21, 20158 Pages
How could the idea of No Child Left Behind Act and standardized testing become such a terrible problem, that it has led to a generation of students that are not properly educated and prepared for college and the “Real World”? My Working thesis is that standardized testing should be removed from the school system because it is not testing what children know but teaching them how to test. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was passed Congress with overwhelming support in 2001 and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Jan. 8, 2002, is the name for the most recent update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The NCLB law¬ which grew out of concern that the American education system was no longer internationally competitive¬¬ significantly increased the federal role in holding schools responsible for the academic progress of all students. It put a special focus on ensuring that states and schools boost the performance of certain groups of students, such as English language students, students in special education, and poor and minority children, whose achievement, on average, fell below their peers. States did not have to comply with the new requirements, but if they didn’t, they risked losing federal Title I money. The No Child Left Behind Act dates back to Brown v. Board of Education, when the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools and determined that the "separate but equal doctrine" which was unconstitutional.

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