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Our generation knows the routine best. Your teacher comes in and announces that next week you will be taking standardized tests. The class is walked through sample questions, and your teacher reviews specific grammar skills and shows you how to read scientific charts. She instructs you to get a good night’s sleep, eat a big breakfast and bring a healthy snack so you can do your best work, but shouldn’t students be doing their best work on a daily basis? Why are these days treated so differently? These situations began after the No Child Left Behind Act was passed in 2001. This act was passed in attempt to lessen the achievement gap in America. For the past twelve years, all American students have been required to take standardized tests in order to measure a school’s progress and hold them accountable for teaching the expected curriculum. After almost 15 years of this act being enforced, NCLB’s requirements support a one-size-fits-all framework, create a dumbed-down curriculum in schools, allow impoverished community schools to weaken, and lessened the financial support for all schools in the United States.
George W. Bush signed the “No Child Left Behind Act” in 2001 in hopes to improve education and opportunity for low-come families. It was believed that this reform of the public education system would increase student achievement (Altshuler). It was the first education reform in over 35 years. Under this act, achievement is measured annually on a multiple-choice test for reading and math. Statewide progress objectives are created to “ensure” students will be proficient within 12 years. Although this act has good intentions, it’s approach is weakening over education system. By holding each school accountable based on test score,...

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...and the financial support for schools need to be adjusting in order to see improvements. Putting children into specific classes based on their successes during standardized tests is not fair to kids who had a bad day, missed a bit too much school, or have yet to understand the importance of trying. This not only inaccurately describes a child’s current intelligence, but also can falsely determine his or her future success as a student. Children’s knowledge varies based on many factors including living situation, cultural heritage, and family income. Most schools with low test scores have high diversity and limited resources; these schools are in need of financial support the most. In order to create the best education system, we must adhere to every student’s needs, no matter who they are or how they learn. There is no “standard” when it comes to educating a child.
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