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are losing out on their education, and again the NCLB is doing exactly what it shouldn’t be: leaving students behind. When President Obama was elected to office, he and his administration wanted to reform the NCLB. According the Department of Education, the NCLB was replaced on December 10, 2015 by Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). This new act builds upon the key ideas from the NCLB, however, the ESSA requires that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them for success in college and in careers.
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Griggs 3 One of the huge down falls to NCLB was that we placed this law to prevent students from being left behind, but in reality, we were leaving more students behind. According to an article by USA today, “Streamline Standardized test: Our view,” NCLB wanted all students to be proficient on both English language arts and math. “However, many states were seeing that their students were not meeting that proficiency level. So instead of working with our students, most states decided to dumb down the standardized test so that more students would be at the proficiency level (USA Today Editorial Board). This made it easier for students to pass their standardized tests and get the appropriate funding for education that the states, and school systems needed. ESSA is allowing states to take more control in their standards vs NCLB. However, the downfall to all of these laws in education is the amount of testing a student still has to do. ESSA still makes states test the students in 3 rd though 8 th grade and once again in high school, but it does leave more flexibility in how the states choose to administer the test. ESSA also has an emphasis on finding different kinds of tests that more accurately measure what students are learning (Korte). Students struggle when under stress and it gets even worse when our governments throw standardized testing into the mix. When ESSA replaced NCLB it gave instructors a better way of measuring student progress rather than just testing. School systems are allowed to show one other way that their students are succeeding rather than just standardized testing. Other ways that schools can show improvement are measure of school quality, high school graduation rates, and students access to advanced course work (Batel). Even though these other indicators were added standardized testing is still the main way. According to William J Mathias, Author of “Lessons from NCLB for Every Student Succeeds Act” “ESSA core is standardized tests”. However, students test scores reflect the grade, funding, and reflection of teacher. Which makes
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Griggs 4 me think how we are leading all our students to success when all students are getting the same test, but not all students have learned or are learning the same thing. According to Mathis, “the states set the standards, the law still requires the same performance levels, schools are held accountable for results, poorly performing schools are identified and schools in need of
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  • Summer '19
  • No child left behind Act, Standardized test, NCLB, Education in the United States

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