Due: February 25, 201 1
No Child Left behind Act was passed in 2002 to administer a child’s performance, where to place a child, and what kind of help they needed. Today parents are outraged saying that the act has flaws. The students and teachers feel as if there being judged not tested. Whether a student passes the tests or not determines the future of that student and the teaching skills of that teacher. Is it fair to judge a student’s entire academic career on a test instead of grades? Teachers are being pressured into teaching more about passing the test resulting in neglect to other parts of curriculum. Creativity and different styles of learning are being let go. Making school and learning more about the need to pass the test to get certain founding for the school, not about the kids and their education. So was the act in the best interest of the students or the school and the founding needed and has the Act done anything today as far as making a difference in education?
Currently, the No Child Left Behind law requires the nation’s 98,000 public schools to make “adequate yearly progress’’ as measured by student test scores. Schools that miss their targets must offer students the opportunity to transfer to other schools, and free after-school tutoring. Schools that repeatedly miss targets face harsher sanctions, which can include staff dismissals and closure. Educators have complained in the eight years since the law was signed that it was branding tens of thousands of schools as failing but not forcing them to change (Dillon).
Obama’s administration is determining whether or not to eliminate the laws 2014 deadline. Yet the administration is not planning to abandon the law’s commitment to higher education standards or teacher quality. Proposals for changes or creation of a new law are in order. For example, “Obama’s Race to the Top” is a federal education program to reform the nation’s...