PRO’s of NCLB
The primary positives of the No Child Left Behind Act include:
Accountability standards are set and measured annually by each state to foster
educational growth and achievement. All results are also annually reported to
Standards are set for teacher qualifications.
NCLB links state academic content with student educational outcomes, and
requires school improvement be implemented using "scientific-based research"
methods in the classroom, parent programs, and teacher development courses.
NCLB emphasizes reading, writing and math.
NCLB measures educational status and growth by ethnicity, and helps to close the
achievement gap between white and minority students.
NCLB requires schools to focus on providing quality education to students who are
often underserved, including children with disabilities, from low-income families,
non-English speakers, as well as African-Americans and Latinos.
Parents are provided annually with a detailed report of student achievement, and
explanations are provided of achievement levels.
Major drawbacks of the No Child Left Behind Act include:
The Bush Administration has significantly underfunded NCLB at the state level, and yet,
has required states to comply with all provisions of NCLB or risk losing federal funds.
Said Sen. Ted Kennedy, a sponsor of NCLB and Senate Education Committee Chair, "The
tragedy is that these long overdue reforms are finally in place, but the funds are not."
As a result, most states have been forced to make budget cuts in non-tested school
subjects such as science, foreign languages, social studies and arts programs, and for
books, field trips and school supplies.
Teaching to the Test
Teachers and parents charge that NCLB encourages, and rewards, teaching children to
score well on the test, rather than teaching with a primary goal of learning. As a result,
teachers are pressured to teach a narrow set of test-taking skills and a test-limited range
NCLB ignores many vital subjects, including science, history and foreign languages.