No Child Left Behind Act Pros And Cons

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President Bush proposed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 and signed it into law by 2002. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. In order to receive federal school funding, states must provide these assessments to all students at certain grade levels. Each individual state has its own standards. No Child Left Behind prolonged the federal role in public education by highlight schools with annual testing, and academic progress, report cards, and teacher qualifications, as well as noteworthy changes in funding. The focus on standardized testing encourages teachers to teach a specific category of skills that the school believes increases test performance, rather than focus on deeper understanding of the overall curriculum. Under No Child Left Behind, schools were held accountable for all altitudes of student performance. But that meant that even schools that were making excessive progress with students were still considered as "failing" just because the students had not yet made to a specific level of achievement.…show more content…
Between teachers, administrators, congressmen and parents, some argue that NCLB “holds schools more accountable for the quality of their teachers and the results they are producing.” This gives students the opportunity to transfer schools or even attend tutoring. Likewise, one may argue the act has ‘increased the amount of public funding for schools, with the large majority of that money going toward improving reading and math performance, as well as implementing testing programs online.” However, others argue that the act causes teachers to ‘teach to the test,’ highlighting minimum content criteria, rather than the maximum student

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