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Name: Lindsay Gerhart Date: 2/20/2008 Preparation Outline- No Child Left Behind I. Introduction a. Would you believe me if I told you only 4 in 100 high school students could perform at their appropriate grade level in math or reading? What if I said that some 6,000 of 9,000 public schools in California would be considered not proficient and would possibly have to close down? In addition, 441 schools could have to close down in Florida or 44 in Maryland- NO, in Baltimore alone. It doesn’t matter if you believe me, because they’re true. These statistics are according to an article in the New York Times entitled “Failing schools strain to meet U.S. standard” written by Diana Schemo. b. Today I’m going to discuss one of the most well-known and most controversial school reforms in the United States, No Child Left Behind. c. While this may or may not affect you immediately, it will affect you when your children are in school, when you’re paying school taxes, and when you’re hiring applicants and hoping they had a good education. d. I’m getting my degree here at Penn State in Elementary Education and Math with the hopes of teaching Middle School Math when I graduate. No Child Left Behind will affect what, whom, and how I have to teach. While it will affect me more directly than others, it will also affect my children and the allocation of my money in the form of school taxes, which affects almost everyone. e. Today, I want to explain to you the law of No Child Left Behind so you can leave today with a better understanding of the struggles that public schools are facing both with and without No Child Left Behind. [In order to understand how NCLB affects our schools, I will explain the basis of the law itself.] II. Body a. According to the U.S. Department of Education via ed.gov, No Child Left behind is designed to be based on four pillars: stronger accountability for results, more freedom for states and communities, proven education methods, and more choices for parents i. The first pillar I mentioned was stronger accountability for results . The schools are working closely with students to monitor individual progress as judged by specific state tests. According to whitehouse.gov, the state requirements are to determine what every child should know in grades 3-8 in the subjects of reading and math. This progress is to be measured every year for every student.
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