The achievement gap is greatly evident and impacts the low-income, minority students the most. Although the federal government attempted to resolve this problem with No Child Left Behind, the social problem is still evident. As there is still much pressure on standardized tests and annual reports, reformation is needed. No Child Left Behind has proven to be inadequate and rather highlights the urgency for education reform. Although the act is called “No Child Left Behind,” an appropriate title would have been “Education Left Behind.” More than focusing on test scores, education should prepare students in how to contribute to
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
And the idea of accountability, which is also central to this theory of school reform, requires that the test results have direct and immediate consequences: a student who does not meet the standard should not be promoted, or awarded a high school diploma”(books.nap.edu). Social promotion is allowing a student to move up a grade just because of their age. Standardized testing is helping students by keeping them back a grade or having them attend summer school in order for them to learn the skills they need in order to succeed in school and life. Recent facts have shown how often children have been promoted without the necessary knowledge. ... ... middle of paper ... ... National Academies Press.
Social, educational, and physical changes can put a lot of stress on middle and high school students, which is why these years are usually regarded as the worst for students. It is not uncommon for students to lack the motivation that is necessary in order to succeed in school. Students spend the majority of their lives in school, so if they do not have the desire to succeed, then they are putting their futures in jeopardy. During these years, students begin to shape their new identities, which will continue to form as they become adults. It is normal for adolescents to experience confusion and rebel against the norms of society, which is something that middle school and high school teachers should expect.
Schools worldwide are stressed to succeed on these standardized tests when they only measure a fraction of a student’s intelligence. Standardized testing must be discontinued because it negatively affects school curricula, students’ and instructors’ mentality, and fairness of the test for all students. National standardized testing is a requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which promises parents that: instructors will teach more efficiently, students will be motivated, and school systems will operate more productively (Nicolas 42). All of these promises are said to lead to better education for students, especially those who are raised within minority groups (Nicolas 45). The primary purpose of standardized tests is to evaluate students and show whether or not the standards of the standardized test was met in the school.
These assessments allow teachers to push a student’s abilities beyond standardized tests. They can also help teachers give feedback to students to help improve learning. Marguerite Imbarlina’s, Assistant Principal at Hampton High School in Pennsylvania, insight on the importance of comprehensive assessment reveals the positive impact on student learning potential. According to her “Kids aren’t doing research to do research, we are making sure kids are ale to apply the information across the curriculum and in different aspects of life” (Edutopia,
Giving students a grade that they have not earned hinders the youth’s future educational success. A number of schools are no longer giving a grade of zero on assignments, tests, and exams completed by students. While other school districts continue to give students the grade that is adequate for the work they have done or have not completed. Giving students the grade that equals their work is designed to show students where they need to improve. Many school boards want to stop giving out zeros for work that hasn’t been turned in and give a grade that rages around the “D” area keeping children from falling behind in their classes.
This article is not blaming immigrants for lack of jobs, just making businesses accountable for their tactics of cutting cost. Ambitious immigrants still have the right to enter US, especially when they have specialized skills that will increase competitive... ... middle of paper ... ...tion assistance for struggling students are in danger of falling behind their peers. Such strategy will, also, hinder students from developing critical skills at an early stage. “State education grants to school districts have also been cut in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky , Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Virginia” (Johnson 2009). Budget deficit may force schools to cut career-based and skilled-based curriculums, thus, forcing schools to teach students how to pass a test that is unrelated to the workforce system.
Test-teaching has become so common that students may actually take classes helping them to improve test scores, and whole days of public school are spent teaching kids better and faster ways to eliminate wrong answers (Gallagher). Such usage of classroom time and faculty effort is by no means useful to any child?s education, and its pervasiveness is unacceptable. Indeed, the pervasiveness of test-teaching is now remarkable. Former president of the National Urban League Hugh Price urges parents to ? ?make certain your children can pass?a... ... middle of paper ... ...on Gale.
Not taking into consideration other aspects such as poverty or English language learners for example. Cutting back funds from schools who are not “performing” as well as others, but not taking into consideration how those funds are essential to provide students with the needed means for a decent education. It also means that one of the main priorities now is competition with other nations, and how our students can help our businesses become more profitable. 2. They discuss the differences between "democratic reformers" and "neoliberals."