A Nation at Risk and No Child Left Behind: Deja Vu for Administrators

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Before the No Child Left Behind act came into effect there was a report done in 1983 called A Nation At Risk. Within in this report is information and statistics about how academic underachievement had reached national and international scales. In response to this report the National Commission on Excellence in Education came up with 38 recommendations for the schools. The recommendations were divided into five categories: content, Standards and Expectations, Time, Teaching, Leadership and Fiscal Support (A Nation at Risk and No Child Left Behind: DÉJÀ VU FOR ADMINISTRATORS?). Most notably, the report led to comprehensive school reform efforts, was the impetus for the academic-standards movement, drew attention to the significance of education policy, and led to a focus on school accountability (Weiss, 2003). The No Child Left Behind Act was enacted January 8, 2002. It is the latest federal legislation that enacted theories of standards-based education reform. The act is based on the belief that by setting high standards and the establishment of measurable goals improvement can be made in individual outcomes today in education. Also the No Child Left Behind act requires that states develop the basic skills assessments that are to be provided to all students in certain grades. In doing this the states can receive federal funding for their schools. However, the act does not declare a national achievement; instead the individual state sets the standards. This helps the states fund the schools and provide better for the students. Even though the No Child Left Behind has brought standardized test scores up since it was enacted in 2002 some people believe that it is not a good policy for the school system.Teacher... ... middle of paper ... ...the law drew attention to the achievement gap and exposed the glaring and profound inequities in American Society…”(Noguera). This exposed the areas that needed the most help in catching up with the other students. In doing this the school system is better able to help them get the help that they need so that they can succeed in school. Yet, the achievement gap still exists today maybe not as bad as it once was. The government has stopped providing aid and is now telling the states that they have to provide the money for the new programs that the NCLB is requiring the schools to perform. The sad fact is that all the NCLB has done in regards to the achievement gap is to draw attention to it, but what good is that going to do for the students the school systems do not have the means to supply them with the guidance and support that they need to succeed in school.

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