NCLB’s 10th anniversary no cause for celebration

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By Brian Washington

No Child Left Behind reached a major milestone yesterday, and educators nationwide are urging lawmakers considering reauthorization of this flawed law to consider the negative impact it has had on students and public schools and fix it. 

“When you use shoddy, fill-in-the-bubble tests as the basis for an accountability system—test that frequently aren’t aligned with what’s being taught in classrooms—so-called accountability systems lose all credibility,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

NCLB—with its high-stakes testing—turned 10 years old yesterday.  Click here to learn more about the anniversary and how educators think NCLB needs to be changed.

Reader Comments

  1. As a life-long NEA Member (30 years) and now a Lifetime NEA Retired Member it amazes me that NEA has not brought up the fact that comparing our students to other countries we are comparing apples and oranges, which makes it an invalid comparison.
    In most foreign countries, their brightest and best (read-college/university material) students are those that graduate from “high school”. Those that are not college/university material are put on a vocational track at an early age so they may be productive members of society.
    We do not do this in the United States and we must face the fact that all students are not college/university material (read-we haven’t changed the gene pool!). We must stop bashing our public education by comparing “their best” to “not our best”. We must start “weeding out” those that are not college/university material and put them in an educational system that will provide them with a trade to give them the ability to be productive members of our society and not have to live off the government. Then we can begin comparing our high school graduates (read-our brightest and best) to their high school graduates. Then, and only then, can we truly achieve NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND!!!
    BTW-this fact was pointed out to me over 35 years ago when I was in high school by a life-long NEA Member!

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