No Child Left Behind Act
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Accountability begins with parents , communities and elected leaders that are informed so that we can work together to improve schools. President Bush quoted, “Clearly, our children are our future…Too many of our neediest children are being left behind” (www.ed.gov). No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is an education bill enacted in 2002 by President George W. Bush during his first term in office. The No Child Left Behind Act says that states will develop and apply challenging academic standards in reading and math. The law reauthorized federal programs meant to hold primary and secondary schools measurably accountable to higher standards. It also provided more opportunities to parents for school choice and placed a greater emphasis on reading in schools. NCLB is written so that it requires 100% of students (including special education students and those from disadvantaged background) within a school to reach the same set of state standards in math and reading by the year 2014. (http://www.edweek.org/) Since its ratification, the law has received praise along with criticism from parents . The law states that if schools do not make AYP for three years in a row, they must provide free tutoring and supplemental educational services. Educators and parents feel that the No Child Left Behind Act has many unsolved issues and parents have expressed concerns as to whether or not their children are not truly learning or "taught to the tests." ( www.opposingviews.com) Supporters of the bill maintain that it holds schools to a higher accountability for the quality or their teachersand the results that are produced. They also point to improved test scores since the bill was implemented. It also gives students choices: If a student's school fails to achieve AYP two years
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in a row, the individual can transfer schools, get tutoring or attend after-school programs. ( www....