The No Child Left Behind Act

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  • Topic: No Child Left Behind Act, Education, Education reform
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Do you ever wonder what exactly does The No Child Left Behind Act mean? Well I can tell you along with tell you how it affects our society and the people in it. The No Child Left Behind Act includes four key principles: stronger accountability towards schools for performance results; expanded flexibility and local control; expanded options for parents and students; and emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work. The NCLB Act basically supports a system of challenging state standards.

Supporters of the NCLB Act say that it encourages schools to better the education system. However, because of the regulations used, it is not effective. The law is a standards-based education reform movement, meant to “close the achievement gap… so that no child is left behind” (Congress 1). In doing this, the law requires states to set up annual assessments of students to measure their improvement in order to receive federal funding. This seems all good in theory, but when it comes down to it, it leaves most teachers teaching tests and not helping students grow in their education as an individual.

The truth of the matter is, the tests only cover three subjects: reading, science, and mathematics, sometimes not even science. In order to receive funding the scores must show Annual Yearly Progress, if they don’t their funding is cut leading to worst scores. Which is not right if anything they should increase funds to try and up those scores and not lower them.

Recently though they have changed the structure of the end of grade tests we take. It had been proven that most kids with the multiple choice were getting by with that. So they have changed the language art questions making them more text structured with actual pieces of the text in the question, in math they have made it more than multiple choice so you actually have to think when answering to get the correct answer. Another thing that has been changed is there is now a science end of grade test in...
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