Because in “Is No Child Left Behind Effective For All Students?” Parents Don’t Think So, a school who fails to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for four or more years is considered under corrective action and the state board must make serious changes to the school. Randolph and Wilson-Younger, (Oct. 22, 2012). Our government has offered states the chance to waive requirements but the states have to make specific reforms in exchange for flexibility. During the first round of waivers offered, 11 states applied. The states had to fill out applications.
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).
The law recognizes for the first time that teachers are inequitably distributed and has done something to fix it. But with these great accomplishments comes a numerous amount of complaints from the students, teachers, and states. Since the creation of the act schools are relentlessly focused on increasing their student’s scores on the yearly assessments to reach its AYP that they are having to narrow their vision of education and are losing subjects. The assessments only hold the schools accountable in the subjects of reading and math and thus those are the two subjects schools put their focus on. Across the nation schools are no longer teaching science as a standalone subject, instead of doing
Yet, with hundreds of high school drop-outs and many other students that do not feel that education is essential in their life, it is clear that whatever administrators are doing now is not working. Which is more important: being able to test well or actually learning something and keeping that knowledge throughout one’s life? The way that the curriculum is currently set up is draining our children of creativity and telling them that there can only be one answer, and out-of-the-box thinking is not allowed. A true education encourages innovation, is free of expense and gained during the course of life. Although America is trying the very best to give every child the education they need and deserve, society is failing...
The majority of parents and students have an opinion on standardized testing, but many people are unaware of the real effect standardized testing has on public school. Michelle Obama, the 44th First Lady of the United States says, “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn 't be here. I guarantee you that.” Standardized Testing should be eliminated from public schools because it negatively impacts the education system. Despite the views of many, it is crucial parents are informed of the true effect standardized testing has on students’ education as well as the way teachers and schools are perceived. Standardized testing takes away from curriculum, does not accurately measure intelligence, and students’
However, there are some who believe that this program will improve their child’s ability to l... ... middle of paper ... ...hanges made to improves the quality of education children will continue to suffer. The NCLB act was created with good intentions, but I questions the commitment to ensure all students receive an opportunity to achieve. Once those who have the authority to make the necessary changes to the program commit to improving the education system, the test scores of students who are in schools who support the program should begin to see improvement. This should not be an option, whether or not to fix a system that has the ability to provide children across America the chance to succeed. The most important task at hand, is to make sure that we are moving forward in education so that we are able to compete with those who are thriving education wise, such as children from abroad.
With this initiative, America will be able to close the achievement gap between the Caucasian higher income students, and the lower income minority students. No Child Left Behind is the only way that lower income minority students will be able to succeed, and get the well deserved attention that they need in the form of assessment tests, and higher quality teachers. In 2001, President George W. Bush proposed a plan to close the gap between students in the United States education system. The act was then redefined and passed in 2002, and was fully put into effect. President Bush knew that the education system in this country was in trouble and faced the problems head on, addressing them and proposing solutions in this act.
Lack of family involvement is the one thing that matters the most because if a parent shows no interest in their children’s education the child will show no interest either. The controversial issue that occurs in school settings that I consider important are standardized testing, bullying, and lack of family involvement. Standardized testing caters to one population of people and one style of learning. These tests are supposed to measure if you are on your grade level but can be extremely ineffective. I remember taking the SAT and them asking questions that I did not know how to solve and it was so long that it made me not want to take it.
Furthermore, the NCLB requires states to improve the quality of their schools from year to year. The NCLB pushes state governments and educational systems to help low-achieving and low-efficiency learners in high-poverty schools meet the same academic standards that apply to all other students. There are many important aspects of the “No Child Left Behind” Act. I think the most important area of the act is the parents. Parents play just as an important role to the educational system as anyone else.
Students have been challenged annually by these test, and most students do not score in the acceptable range in the United States which can affect schools tremendously. Schools around the country would take their students scores to see where students have difficulty at most. Teachers do not know how to prepare their students for these assessments and students are just willing to give up due to the lack of preperation for these test. If the United States is ranked as one of the smartest countries in the world, it is impossible to think that most students do not come to par with the expected scores from these test. Schools aren’t benefitting from these tests anymore because students are just dropping out or not taking the test as serious.