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Jocelyn Haase Political Science Final Paper NCLB and Standardized Testing Education in the United States of America has been through many important changes in the last 50 years. Students are now allowed to attend school with kids of various races, public schools now have equal opportunities for both male students and female students, and for children with disabilities and handicaps. These events from our history have set the basic framework for today’s public education. We have standardized the minimum requirements for all schools throughout the country and every student can get an equal chance to be educated. Just a few days after taking office, President George W. Bush announced the No Child Left Behind Act. NCLB was the framework for the education reform in the early 2000’s. President Bush emphasized his deep belief in our public schools, but an even greater concern that too many of our neediest children are being left behind. The President based this solution on accountability, choice, and flexibility in Federal education programs. The No Child Left Behind reform focused on several main points, increased accountability, more choices for parents and students, greater flexibility for states, school districts, and schools, and putting reading first. There are many positive and negative effects of NCLB and its other programs. 1
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Making schools and teachers accountable for how much their students are learning speeds up the learning process, sets specific goals for teachers and students to reach, and provides data and statistics on the progress of students annually. Supporters of NCLB stress the importance of test scores and emphasize the significance of annual standards. They believe that they help guide the “average” student and overall better the quality of public education. Every year students in grades 3-8 are required to take and annual standard test. With this score, we can compare them to
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