The No Child Left Behind

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Since the 2002 No Child Left Behind has been implemented, every state is required to have schools take standardized tests in 3rd-8th grade over Math and Reading. These tests are to assess the students understanding of the subject and score them. Although this standardized testing is taking place, could there be a relation of low reading test scores in elementary schools who have a high percentage of economically disadvantage students? The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, signed into law by President Bush on Jan. 8, 2002, was a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the central federal law in pre-collegiate education. It expanded the federal role in education and took particular aim at improving the educational lot of disadvantaged students. The NCLB requirement to report on the achievement of subgroups such as economically disadvantaged students provides enhanced opportunities for students. As one Congressman stated, "NCLB will put a harsh spotlight on our most vulnerable students and provide the first step in recognition that we have been failing too many students for too long." At the core of the No Child Left Behind Act were a number of measures designed to drive broad gains in student achievement and to hold states and schools more accountable for student progress. By the 2005-06 school year, states were required to begin testing students in grades 3-8 annually in reading and mathematics. By 2007-08, they had to tests students in science at least once in elementary, middle, and high school. The tests had to be aligned with state academic standards. States were required to bring all students up to the "proficient" level on state tests by the 2013-14 school year. Individual schools had to meet state... ... middle of paper ... ...nt. My discovery with this research is implementing a process and a visual for students/parents/and teachers to see improvement or a lack there of. With there clearly being a much lower number of students passing the STAAR Reading test with a high number of economically disadvantaged students, the excuses need to stop. Charles Nash has come a long way. It was almost as if the teachers came together one day and said this has to stop and we need to do something about this. They came up with a plan, implemented it, stuck to it, and received results. With myself wanting to become a teacher, this research help me understand the importance of the knowledge that goes behind a student’s success. The student’s success doesn’t only rely on them. Yes, they have to want it. But the chances of them succeeding more become greater when there is parent/teacher involvement.

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