Paper2 - No Child Left Behind or Every Child Left Behind An in Depth Review on the Issues of the No Child Left Behind Act C.J Gorrell 2 C.J Gorrell

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No Child Left Behind or Every Child Left Behind? An in Depth Review on the Issues of the No Child Left Behind Act C.J. Gorrell
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C.J. Gorrell ENGL 101 October 19, 2008 No Child Left Behind or, Every Child Left Behind? At the beginning of his presidency, George w. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind act. The purpose of the act was to hold schools accountable for the success of their students. The goal was for every student in the country to be at a proficient reading and writing level by the year 2014. This seems to be a necessary installment to solve some of the problems in our school system, but the problem is that the act is failing to make any progress in schools. Recent studies show each year more and more schools are failing to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress reports, or AYP’s (Packer 266). If something is not done, the students of this nation will continue to lack in the progress this bill intended to create. This lack of progress will then affect the rest of the nation in the near future as the students who fail to make the necessary progress enter the working realm, and hinder the growth that our nation is capable of. Being that we are one of the most advanced nations in the world, can we truly afford to allow this lapse in our educational system to continue? The system set to determine proficiency levels of students, is to use standardized tests given through out various grade levels to students. That means that the success of student’s education is based off of how well they can perform in a testing environment. “[The] accountability for student achievement affects teacher pay and school district funding. It encourages educators to set aside best practices in favor of 2
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‘‘teaching to the test’’ ,” (Rushton 87). What Rushton is trying to get across here, is that since the NCLB holds teachers and schools accountable for their students’ success, teachers base their styles of
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Paper2 - No Child Left Behind or Every Child Left Behind An in Depth Review on the Issues of the No Child Left Behind Act C.J Gorrell 2 C.J Gorrell

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