The No Child Left Behind Act

2120 Words Mar 1st, 2016 9 Pages
When President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law in 2002, the legislation had one goal-- to improve educational equity for all students in the United States by implementing standards for student achievement and school district and teacher performance. Before the No Child Left Behind Act, the program of study for most schools was developed and implemented by individual states and local communities’ school boards. Proponents of the NCLB believed that lax oversight and lack of measurable standards by state and local communities was leading to the failure of the education system and required federal government intervention to correct. At the time, the Act seemed to be what the American educational system needed, national standards and accountability, to catch back up with the rest of the world in education and to reduce the achievement gap between white students and minorities; however, research shows that the No Child Left Behind Act with its standardized testing has done more damage than it has good. The actions taken to raise standardized test scores have resulted in drastic changes in the curriculum for most schools across the country. These national benchmark tests have forced teachers to teach to the standardized NCLB tests in hopes that their students do well enough to meet the law’s benchmarks so their schools don’t get penalized and so they themselves don’t lose their jobs. This change in curriculum not only affects the teachers but…

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