The Success Of Teachers And No Child Left Behind

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The aim of educators is to provide opportunities for students to attain three primary goals that facilitate participation, contributions, and success not only in schools, but in the community as well. Those three goals are academic skill expertise, social skill expertise, and lifestyle skill expertise. While easier said than done, these goals are hindered by many social and behavioral problems. The most popular desire from teachers is related to behavior and classroom management (Elam, Rose, & Gallup, 1999). The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) emphasize the use of scientifically based research to improve outcomes for students. From this emphasis, response-to-intervention has evolved. In the early 1990s, many schools started enforcing a zero-tolerance discipline system to try and control misbehaving students, which eventually led to more out-of-school suspensions and expulsions. Regardless of opinion, no current evidence in shown that suspension and expulsion provide positive changes in student behavior (Skiba, 2000). Also, studies show racial, socioeconomical, and gender prejudices when dealing with school discipline and students with disabilities are more likely to be suspended than their peers (Krezmien, Leone, & Achilles, 2006). Higher suspension and expulsion rates are also intermingled with lower academic performance (Skiba, 2008) and an increase with juvenile law enforcement. The means by which educators
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