The No Child Left Behind

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The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, the 2001 update of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Klein, 2015), was put into place to ensure that all students, regardless of disability label, would meet state mandated academic goals by the 2013-2014 school year. The law was a collaborative effort between both political parties on Capitol Hill, as well as key stakeholders in the civil rights and business groups. The aim of NCLB was to “advance American competitiveness and close the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more advantaged peers” (Klein, 2015). NCLB required that each student population, which was to include each defined subgroup, must meet a measurable objective which would be set forth by the state. …show more content…

However, this study sought to increase understanding related to the impact of the inclusive classroom on general education students, who do not have a disability, in rural southwestern Virginia mathematics classrooms. Additionally, this study analyzed whether general education students in the inclusive classroom performed as well on the Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning test for grades 5-8 as their peers in the non-inclusive classroom.

Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this quantitative study on the impact of inclusion on general education students in middle school mathematics is to examine achievement outcomes, as measured by the Virginia Standards of Learning test, of the co-teaching model on general education students being taught in the inclusive classroom. This research will be valued by educators in order to plan and assess the effectiveness of current teaching strategies, so that findings can be used to better equip current and aspiring teachers in creating/maintaining an effective model of inclusive teaching. Data-driven modifications, if needed, to the inclusive model will be an effective tool to ensure that students are achieving maximum scores on state testing, and to provide a framework for successful inclusive instruction.


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