Wednesday, December 27, 2006

No Child Left Behind: Five years later

Report examines impact of education law

A new policy paper, entitled "Ten Big Effects," examines the impact of the federal No Child Left Behind Law five years after it took effect. The paper comes from The Center on Education Policy (CEP), an independent, nonprofit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

The center has been conducting an ongoing review of the law, gathering information, surveying education officials in all 50 states and producing numerous reports on various aspects of NCLB.

The law, which is up for reauthorization in 2007, is aimed at raising achievement and closing the achievement gap. It holds schools accountable for test scores, test participation, attendance and graduation rates for all students. To read the CEP report (a PDF document), click here.

Related: What's next for NCLB?

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1 comment:

Tracey said...

I am a teacher having to deal with the consequences of the politicians creating their brain child of NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.

The best I can hope to achieve in the year I am given with your child, is to improve their reading level by one year. So hoping that everyone will be on grade level is nearly impossible, since a lot of my children started the year two or three grade levels below.

Many children with an IEP (individual education plan) are not expected to perform on grade level or accomplish the same tasks as a regular education student, yet they are included in the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND plan.

This "wonderful" plan leaves no wiggle room. We hope and strive to have 100% or our students performing on grade level, but perfect isn't possible, especially with children who come in to an overcrowded classroom, dealing with no breakfast, appathy, parents divorcing, abuse, homelessness, behavioral or mental issues and parents that don't want the responsibility of being a parent.

I certainly believe that all children can learn, but not in the same way, time or on the same level.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND is a good thought, but it looks at all children as the same, and they most certainly are not.