It requires that all public schools must test their students on reading, math, and science yearly. The goal of this law was to have every school to reach academic proficiency during the 2013-2014 school year (Education Week). Although the NCLB Act was meant to be helpful and ensure the better education of students, it puts immense amounts of pressure on students, suppresses teachers’ creativity, made a difference everywhere, some places have experienced positive differences and others negative, and it has inspired future bills that equally well-minded, but not enough to make a positive difference everywhere. The pressure that is put on to the students of today’s public schools is incredible. Principals and school counselors walk into classrooms and inform students about how imperative it is to do their best on these assessments.
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Although former Education Secretary, Rod Paige believes that results show that No Child Left Behind is working and test scores are rising, other officials say that the credit associated with the rising scores go to other factors. These factors include, teaching students test taking skills, the new regulations that permit some to exempt some students’ scores, and there are more students taking the required tests. In previous years, some schools were labeled inadequate because not enough students took the assessments. (Toppo, 2004) It has become largely popular for teachers to focus more on... ... middle of paper ... ...ents being able to interact with their environment. Lochert, K. (2004, November).
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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002 and is still in use today. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is comprised of six major points: annual testing, academic process, report cards, teacher qualifications, reading first, and finding changes (Education Week, 2011). The ideas behind each of these are as follows: Annual Testing: Starting in the 2005-06 school year, states must annually test grades 3-8 in mathematics and reading. Starting in the 2007-08 school year, students must be tested at least once in elementary, middle, and high school in science. These tests are to be aligned with state academic standards.
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(John Salvia, 2010, p. 27) Instructions must be evidence based, (Powerpoint, 2010) meaning that there are studies to back up a teaching or intervention method that works. NCLB also grades schools based on the yearly-standardized test. If a school “fails” more than one year, parents have the right to move their children to a better preforming school. Assessments are done yearly using a standardized test, which all children take while the other laws have more individualized assessments based on the child’s plan. Federal funding demands that schools comply with participating in NCLB.
To help improve the scores on these tests, the United States put into law the No Child Left Behind act in 2001. When mention of this act is made, it brings several serious questions to mind. What is the No Child Left Behind act? What is it doing for our education system on a local, national and international scale? And how does it relate to standardized testing?