ERIC Number: EJ707113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 34
Failing Our Children: No Child Left behind Undermines Quality and Equity in Education
Guisbond, Lisa; Neill, Monty
Clearing House, v78 n1 p12 Sep-Oct 2004
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the title of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, describes a worthy goal for the nation. Tragically, the reality is that NCLB is aggravating, not solving, the problems that cause many children to be left behind. For the federal government to truly contribute to enhancing the quality of education for low-income and minority group students, NCLB must be overhauled. FairTest, the nonprofit organization that strives to end misuses of standardized testing and promote fair evaluation of both teachers and students, has tracked the first two years of NCLB's implementation and identified fundamental errors in its conception, design, and execution. Rather than accept NCLB's dangerous prescriptions for public education, a new approach to accountability as the basis for a comprehensive revamp of NCLB is proposed.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Quality, Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Accountability, Standardized Tests
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001