Standardized tests compare students in different states, districts, and schools. The comparisons lead to “unhealthy competition among the schools” (Pros and Cons 2). In the article, “Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing,” it is stated that “Federal funds are given only to those that perform well” (2). This makes the pressures in schools very high and makes the schools evaluate the performance of the teachers and students constantly. “Low scores can prevent a student from progressing to the next grade level or lead to teacher firings and school closures, while high scores ensure continued federal and local funding and are used to reward teachers and administrators with bonus payments” (Use of Standardized Tests 5).
One of the major reasons for this controversy is that it is almost impossible to separate standards from assessment of student progress and teacher and school accountability. Therefore, parents are at somewhat of a crossroad. With the right amount of funding and the proper objectives from government, the education reform could grow to be a huge success. As for right now, it is still under reform, and with certain changes comes certain conflicts. The goal at hand seems to be an effort to put all students, no matter what race, gender, income-status, etc.
Many studies are conducted to try to prove this theory. Although some studies show positive results, the many failed experiments led opposers of class size reduction to believe that there is no link among class size and student learning. (Bell, Crandall, & Parnell, 2009). Many studies have been inconclusive, however, and widespread initiatives to reduce class sizes are being undertaken by schools across the nation. Because class size reduction projects are so expensive, some schools have been forced to look at other alternatives to meet the same goals (Kennedy, 2003).
As a student who has lived through being told about the consequences of not p... ... middle of paper ... ...arts that needed to be worked on. The No Child Left Behind Act was supposed to be helpful, but instead it added stress to young students’ lives, stifled creative teaching styles, made a wide range of differences from excellent scores to the shutting down of schools, and spurred a future of bills that only improve parts of the national education. When all of these factors are considered, one can see that while the NCLB Act was meant for good, it created some very negative consequences. Works Cited "NCLB Making a Difference in Kansas." No Child Left Behind.
Proper school funding is one of the keys to having a successful school. Americans believe that funding is the biggest problem in public schools. School improvements revolve around funding. There needs to be funding not only in the successful schools but also the schools that aren’t doing as well. In documentary, Waiting for Superman, it talks about how smaller class sizes will help students.
Our initial findings demonstrate that a selected number of school leaders consider issues of tracking as an important strategy in reducing achievement gaps in their school. School tracking is the process in which students are assigned to different levels of classes based on academic proficiency (Oakes, 2005). Though research has demonstrated that tracking can have a negative influence for those students placed in lower tracked classes—more often negatively affecting students of color and of low-SES—it remains a prominent practice in schools. In fact, according to Jeannie Oakes (2005) the issue of school tracking is so embedded in the culture of schools “that we seldom question it. We assume that it is best for students.
This achievement gap is a social problem in the education system since this is affecting many schools in the United States. As a response to this social problem, the No Child Left Behind Act was passed to assist in closing this achievement gap by holding schools more accountable for the students’ progress. Unsuccessful, the No Child Left Behind Act was ineffective as a social response since schools were pushed to produce high test scores in order to show a student’s academic progress which in turn, pressured teachers and students even more to do well on these tests. Throughout the nation, education inequality affects many minority students that have low-income which reinforces the disparity between the rich and the poor. The amount of children that have a socioeconomic background of poverty in the United States is estimated to be 32.4 million (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2011).
A big reason behind the gain in spending is there are more teachers getting paid who do not do their job. Because of teacher unions and their ability to save jobs, it prevents many of the bad teachers who do not produce good test scores from their student from getting fired. In my opinion, there needs to be a better system so that teacher unions understand the school district and the problems that a school or teacher has and be able to fix the problem. Others would argue that teacher unions provide teachers with a secure position so that they are able to focus on their teaching. They believe that teachers deserve the pay because teachers are teaching bigger classes thus; they deserve the additional money when compared to private schools.
Though the situation in rural and urban areas might be considered desperate, the system is certainly salvageable. Indeed, school choice programs might offer the nation's public schools a chance for salvation. By increasing school choice, not only would more educational avenues be opened up for disadvantaged youths, the standard of education offered by schools for all students would be raised. Choice programs would allow market forces to clean-up the public schools - streamlining them, making them more efficient, and perhaps even telling schools unable to shape up to "ship out." However, critics argue vehemently that school choice programs essentially mean an abandonment of traditional public education.
Robert Sarvis plans on maximizing school choice through public-school matching programs, ending education fads, deregulating private schools and public-school reform, and fostering every aspect of education policy. I couldn’t agree more with their stances. Although I do not like SOL tests, and I am about to graduate, I think improving the tests and making them more easier to pass is a great idea. Yes, I agree that the teachers are underpaid and they go through so much on a daily basis to teach children the material.