The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is bringing down the American education system for the sake of academic competition with other countries that use better methods. This country hasn’t changed its methods in decades. By addressing different aspects of the problem, it can be solved more efficiently and quickly. Three different aspects will be addressed here: what the American education system already does, what other countries are doing (as well as cultural differences), and what we should be doing. What we should be doing is a general combination of what other successful countries are doing, taking advice from experienced educators, and abolishing stressful, unnecessary practices.
Year after year students put themselves through large amounts of stress, attempts to prepare themselves mentally, and spend majority of their waking hours studying for standardized testing required through the No child left behind act (NCLB). An act put in place by the Bush Administration in hopes and efforts for student around the country to excel in education. However, the No Child Left behind Act is hindering a student’s ability to perform in the classroom rather than the student to excel as planned. Amongst other countries around the world, the United States performs significantly lower in education. Overall, the act had good intentions, but does it really raise achievement and close the achievement gap? Improving education has always been a top priority in the white house. Many laws have been passed but how many have succeed? NCLB is one of the biggest social engineering projects of our time, but shows very little progress in our children’s education. The No Child Left behind Act causes more of a negative outcome by being ineffective at achieving academic improvement, closing the education gap, limiting the teaching material for instructors, and causes a harmful repercussion on children and adolescents mentally and emotionally.
The No Child Left Behind’s purpose is to improve the education by creating a standard in which all students should meet the requirements. These standards consist of all students meeting proficient or above in reading and math by 2014. Similarly the criterion to education was raised after the NCLB act required schools to carry out “scientifically based research" also known as “Science fair projects.” Moreover the NCLB supports “early literacy though the Early Reading First Initiative”. Furthermore the NCLB “emphasizes reading, language arts, mathematics, and scientific achievement as "core academic subjects.” The Department of Education points to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) [in 2005] showing improved students achievements in reading and math: “More progress was made by nine-year olds in reading in the last five years than in the previous twenty-eight years combined”; “reading and math scores for black and Hispanic nine-year olds reached an all time high”; and the achievement gaps in reading and math between black and white nine-year olds, and Hispanic and white nine year olds were at an all time low”. In addition, the NCLB bill increases the accountability that is required of the schools and its teachers. Tho...
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.
School districts all over the country have undergone countless changes in just a few years. Are these changes for the better? Children in the current school system are faced with numerous tests every year. Why are they being constantly tested? The ceaseless use of standardized testing is a result of the No Child Left Behind Act. Continuous talk about the No Child Left Behind Act can be heard in the hallways of schools nationwide, but why does it matter? The No Child Left Behind Act plays a major role in our students’ education. The students affected by this act is America’s future. Without school making a positive impact on these students, it will be less likely that they will be motivated to make a positive impact on America in the future. The No Child Left Behind Act may be considered a beneficial element in today’s educational system, but the act should be revised. Revisions should be made due to the inefficient measurement of student growth, the stress that is put onto students, and the limitations placed on teachers.
The No Child Left Behind Act was enacted in order to give young students an equal advantage at advancement into higher education. To level out educational expectations, standardized tests such as the AIMS began to be administered to certain grade groups collecting their levels of knowledge on a universal plane of information. Tests on such large amounts of information do of course require a great deal of teaching and information administration. This raises the question for many, how much time is spent during the school year preparing students for standardized tests and how much freedom does that leave for a broadened learning experience? The simple answer is not much at all. In fact, these tests weigh down the school year with repetitive information by placing high levels of pressure on teachers to ensure their students passing grades. With more pressure on instructors the main focus of the year is consumed by these tests, causing the standards of other grading points throughout the year to drop. The No Child Left Behind Act has actually resulted in a decrease in standards successfully allowing more students to advance, but doing so below the expectations of higher education.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) created a national curriculum that would be taught in every school in America. The No Child Left Behind Act plays an enormous role in the education system. It touches on a broad variety of issues relating to public education, including the dispersal of federal funds and parental choice in the case of failing schools and for the learning disabled.
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act has become a large, nationwide issue, since President George Bush signed it into law on January 8, 2002, giving the schools the responsibility to keep every student’s academic achievement at a passing level. (Florida Department of Education; 2003; pg. 1) Each state had twelve years to have all students proficient in reading and math, which gave each state less than a year to create a plan. (Kim & Sunderman; 2004; pg. 19) Title I, which is included in this act, began in 1965 when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed, which gave federal funds to help academically struggling students. (North Carolina Department of Education; 2004; pg. 1) The main purpose of the No Child Left Behind Act is to use state achievement tests to be sure that all children have an equal opportunity to be exposed to high-level education. A standard called Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was created to measure how each school district is attempting ensure equal opportunities for all of their students. This standard is measured by race, english proficiency, socioeconomic status, and disability. (Florida Department of Education; 2003; pg.1)
Ever since the Bush administration enforced the act of “No Child Left Behind” in 2002, we have become too accustomed to the term that we have thrown it around loosely and forgotten its original and intentional purpose. The bill states: “the purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessment.” As it is already known that every student is required to take a standard test, testing their knowledge and proficiency on the core subjects: E...
No child left behind Act (NCLB) was put into practice on January 23, 2001 by President George W. Bush. The No Child Left Behind act or “NCLB” ensures that each individual child will be guaranteed an education, no matter what level they are at in their academic level. On Jan. 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. It allows the opportunity to have a better education system in schools. This act will enhance and insure the education and performance of students all across the world. It will enhance America’s public schools. This reform will improve academic achievement across the world.