The No Child Left Behind Act has Failed Argumentative Essay by stacymac

The No Child Left Behind Act has Failed
An argument that in place of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools must strengthen teacher development.
# 147558 | 925 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on May 12, 2011 in Political Science (U.S.) , Law (General) , Education (General)

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The paper examines the results of research on what went on in classrooms as a result of the high stakes testing engendered by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The paper reveals that while some low-performing schools were encouraged to evaluate their inadequate curriculum, others simply reported fraudulent results or did not test low performing students. The paper points out the procedural and technical problems in developing, scoring, and interpreting the NCLB standardized tests. The paper argues that we need to stop the trend of penalizing teachers, administrators and schools for having low standardized test scores, and instead focus on building up teachers through teacher development and motivation.

From the Paper:

"The fundamental mechanism of the No Child Left Behind Act has been an accountability system of high stakes standardized testing of the core mathematics and reading subjects. The way schools and districts perform on the tests has huge consequences. It can ultimately lead to sanctions, withholding of federal funding, and a change in leadership at the school. The assumptions underlying the act are that teachers and administrators hold low expectations for their students, and this is doubly true for students who are disadvantaged. Thus, they aren't putting enough effort to educate them. The framers of the NCLB act claim the legislation will hold administrators' and teachers' feet to the fire."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bracey, Gerald. "High Stakes Testing" Center for Education, Research, and Innovation, (2000). 4.
  • "Final Exam." Economist, 398.8725 (2011): 38-39.
  • Moore, Pam. "A Look Inside." Education Digest, 76.8 (2011): 1.
  • Ravitch, Diane. "Obama's War on Schools." Newsweek, 157.13/14 (2011): 20-21.
  • "When Test Scores Soared in D.C., Were the Gains Real?." USA Today, (2011): .

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