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Analysis Of The No Child Left Behind Act

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Bridget Egan
Ms. Ahern
ELA III
April 30, 2014
Is the No Child Left Behind Act working?
For as long as any American can remember, education has been a top priority of the majority of the population. The more schooling a child receives, the brighter their future becomes. Everyone wants their child to be successful in and out of the classroom, and the government has been working to make sure of this in schools nationwide. Over the years, a series of programs have been implemented to better the education of elementary and secondary students, including the No Child Left Behind Act, establishing guidelines and requirements that public schools are expected to follow and accomplish in order to provide a quality education to all of their students. But are these plans, policies, and promises working? Are the goals and objections being reached by each school as expected? Although some may argue that the No Child Left Behind Act has some positive aspects, overall, it is not working because some teachers have studied the outline of standardized tests, reworking their curriculums to teach students what they need to know in order to reach the required standards and students’ learning abilities, socioeconomic status’, and native languages are generalized into a single curriculum.
In order to determine whether or not the No Child Left Behind Act is doing its job successfully and efficiently, one must first understand exactly what is involved in the act. This act is the most recent renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Similar to laws in the past, this particular act has been revised and added to numerous times to make sure it encompasses everything necessary for the education system and the students. The No Child Left B...

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... of the main goals of NCLB is to increase teacher, school, and state accountability for students’ scores. (http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/accountability/index.html)ASK ABOUT LONG QUOTATION FOR THIS SECTION. What this means is that each state must spell out how they plan to lessen the achievement gap and make sure that all of their students, regardless of their status or abilities, reach proficiency. In addition, the state is required to send out report cards to parents and communities regarding state and school progress. If a particular school isn’t moving in the right direction and isn’t making progress, it must provide additional services, for example tutoring, and take corrective actions to make the school better. If after all of this the school still is not reaching AYP after five years, changes will be made at the foundation of the school, changing the way it is run.
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