Cinciripino, Gugliemo, and Mather 8 establish education policies that would foster an education reform environment that is conducive to innovation, experimentation, and improvement (Lips). The A-Plus act would be a great way to improve the No Child Left Behind act. State and local governments should have more freedom to decide what goes on in their schools. The federal government doesn’t know what needs to happen in local schools as the state and local government do. Every school is different so each one has different needs. This would dramatically help the future education of our children There are many other things that the government is trying to do to improve the No Child Left Behind act. Just one thing is that they are trying to improve the education of minority students. On January 28, 2008 during his State of the Union address, President Bush stated ways that we could improve education in this country. The 2007 Nation's Report Card shows NCLB is helping raise achievement for children, in all different backgrounds, in every part of the country (Education). According to President Bush, the No Child Left Behind act is helping the minority students in this country to achieve. He also says that, “We must build on this progress by reauthorizing and strengthening the law to increase accountability and flexibility for States and districts, reduce the number of high school dropouts, and provide extra help for struggling schools (Education)”. Along with helping the minority students, President Bush also has an idea to help the struggling schools. He believes that we need to do this by increasing flexibility and support for the struggling students, rewarding our best teachers in underperforming schools , and to make sure our children graduate prepared for the jobs of the 21st century (Education). Along with this, he has also asked Congress to support a new $300 million "Pell Grants for Kids"
Cinciripino, Gugliemo, and Mather 9 scholarship program to help poor children reach their full potential (Education). This would help the children that we have in this country who are living in poverty. For children with disabilities, the No Child Left Behind act is a positive way to improve their education. The way to do this is to improve the quality of implementing test accommodations permitted for use by special education students and students with limited English proficiency and enhancing their test wiseness (Jewell). This ties in with Wolf Wolfensberger’s theme “positive compensation for disadvantage”. A way to compensate for the children with disabilities would be to give them extra time on tests and to help them learn new ways so that they can take the tests that are required for the No Child Left Behind act. The 2003 revisions to the act stated that regulations issued pertaining to special education students; states and districts can develop alternate assessments and use them to test special education students who cannot take the grade-level tests even with accommodations (Jewell). However, only up to only up to 1 percent of students in the grade levels tested can take
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- Spring '08
- No child left behind Act, Standardized test, Child Left, NCLB