The No Child Left Behind Act

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Background and Significance
Education is a common topic and is frequently studied, especially since the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2001 by President George W. Bush. Mississippi is often ranked near the bottom of the list when compared to other states in terms of education quality and performance. In a report by Ladner and Myslinski (2014), Report Card on Education, Mississippi was ranked number 43 out of 51 (50 states plus the DC area) for the 2013 school year. While this is an improvement compared to 2011 when we were ranked number 48, there is still much work to be done.
Background and Significance
The topic of this proposal relates to the effect of assistant teachers in the classroom. The hypothesis is not only do assistant teachers provide support to the teacher but they also support children who are struggling. In order to study this, we will review the test scores for children in kindergarten through third grade who have had assistant teachers in their classroom and compare their standardized, state required, test scores to students who did not have assistant teachers. In addition, we propose since the implementation of NCLB (2001), educational requirements of assistant teachers have increased and therefore we should see a more positive effect on test scores due to increased assistant teacher knowledge and education. This study will not only ask assistant teachers about their daily tasks, but also their educational and experience

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