NCLB and Special Needs Students Persuasive Essay by Nicky

NCLB and Special Needs Students
An argument that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)'s assessment model is inadequate for special education students.
# 128868 | 903 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 15, 2010 in Education (Special) , Political Science (U.S.) , Law (General)

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The paper discusses the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)'s assessment model of high-stakes testing. The paper explains why this manner of testing is unfair for special education students, who often cannot perform to the best of their ability on these tests. The paper believes that these tests not only penalize the school districts, but also the students, who may suffer from emotional problems and guilt due to their failures. The paper contends that different assessment models must be incorporated in order to make NCLB more inclusive and fair to special education students.

From the Paper:

"The White House calls it, "the most sweeping reform of federal education policy in a generation," and though parents, teachers, and students can clearly see how the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002 changed education, they do not all agree that the change has been positive. Signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002, NCLB contains several measures aimed at changing the face of public education. Among them are a new standard of flexibility with education funds, the implementation of school choice, and a focus on research-based teaching methods. But most controversially, the act imposed an accountability system grounded in achievement testing ("Fact Sheet"). Often contested in educational circles, achievement-based testing as assessment is often heralded as inefficient even for students on normal tracts. For special education students, however, achievement-based testing is likely to give an inaccurate portrait of performance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fact Sheet: No Child Left Behind. 8 January 2002. The White House. 19 November 2008. <>
  • Kymes, Nancy. "The No Child Left Behind Act: A Look At Provisions, Philosophies, and Compromises." Journal of Industrial Teacher Education. 41.2 (2004) 19 November 2008. <>
  • Marlow, Ediger. Assessment and High Stakes Testing. Speech, 2001. Educational Resource Information Center. ED449234.
  • Ralabate, Patti. Statement of Patti Ralabate Submitted by NEA to Aspen Institute's Commission on No Child Left Behind. 2 August 2006. National Education Association. 19 November 2008. <>

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