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NCLB was supposed to ensure student and school success however, it caused a shift in curriculum that fails to cover a broad range of subjects and often overlooks upper level students. Instead of continuing to teach fascinating material, many teachers are forced to focus mainly on math and reading to guarantee students will pass standardized tests, so their schools can receive funding. In the past nine years, No Child Left Behind has failed to improve public schools and is instead hurting struggling schools, eliminating important programs, and holding back high achieving students. No Child Left Behind was originally created to encourage higher standards in schools by making sure students were proficient in math and reading at their grade level. The law is “structured around the annual proficiency testing and reporting of each public school district throughout the nation.” (“No Child Left Behind”) States were required to develop standardized tests that would evaluate both student and teacher progress.
The first can be seen by it being the focus of Part A of the Title I (Bush, 2002). The second can be seen by how they have made it mandatory for states to develop a "system of sanctions and rewards to hold districts and schools accountable for improving academic achievement" (Bush 2002). Another way the Bush administration makes it clear that schools need to focus their efforts on reducing the achievement gap is by the provision in Title I where students in failing schools must be offered public school choice, while disadvantaged students will be offered assistance in making a switch from a failing school (Bush 2002). This emphasis on clos... ... middle of paper ... ...rom <a href="http://nochildleft.com/2003/">http://nochildleft.com/2003/</a> may03dictating.html McKenzie, J. (2003, April).
School should be a time to make mistakes in a safe environment that they can learn from, not a place that they are petrified to make a mistake for fear of retribution on their grade cards. Its time to change the school system to save future students from becoming stress crazed and to let them know that there is more to this world than a grade card and in the long run it is a very small fraction of life. Works Cited http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED536513.pdf http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/may11/vol68/num08/The-Overpressured-Student.aspx http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/february23/cheat-022305.html
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The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is an education policy originally proposed by President George Bush in 2001. Since then President Barrack Obama has added modifications in order to better educate the students of our Nation. The purpose of the NCLB is to enable all children to the same rights for education. Each child, regardless of race, gender or location should be able to obtain equal education. The policy requires highly educated teachers and annual state testing that is submitted to the government.
The No Child Left Behind Act should tremendously be re-examined and amended because the focus on the standardized tests decrease the quality of other subjects not on the tests, the tests are not an efficient tool to make certain that a student is receiving an excellent education and the tests create unnecessary stress for the students, teachers and administrators. The purpose of No Child Left Behind is to provide every student with the opportunity to receive a top-grade education. This is a great proposal to strive towards but, legislation plans on achieving this proposal by making schools responsible for their students’ proficiency and to measure their proficiency with the use of standardized tests. After the students take the standardized tests, the school district must report their scores and if the scores do not meet the adequate yearly progress (AYP), they are punished, usually by a deduction in federal funding. Therefore, an excellent education is very critical for a child’s success but standardized testing is not the best way to ensure that the students’ receive a good education because they take away the focus on other subjects, causes extra stress for the students and other people involved, and is not the most efficient way to ensure the students are receiving a high quality education.
On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law a “bipartisan education package that greatly expands the federal role in public education” (National Conference). The President and the Secretary of Education Terrell Bell assembled the National Commission on Excellence in Education (NCEE) to investigate the quality of United States education. As a result, he reported our “education system was producing mediocre results, and among the remedies prescribed was the establishment of a common core curriculum, or academic standards” (National Conference). In recent years, concern over the perceived lack of quality in the United States public school system has led to a movement toward implementing and enforcing education standards. Therefore, The No Child Left Behind Act was created- culminating in more than four decades of federal expansion into public education.
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