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ERIC Number: EJ773930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Working Group of Social Studies Discipline Organizations Joint Statement on NCLB
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v20 n1 p30-32 Sep-Oct 2007
This article presents a joint statement on No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which currently has the support of working groups representing civil rights, religious, children's, disability, civic and labor organizations. The joint statement recommends 14 significant, constructive corrections that are among those necessary to make the Act fair and effective. Among these concerns are: over-emphasizing standardized testing, narrowing curriculum and instruction to focus on test preparation rather than richer academic learning; over-identifying schools in need of improvement; using sanctions that do not help improve schools; inappropriately excluding low-scoring children in order to boost test results; and inadequate funding. Overall, the law's emphasis needs to shift from applying sanctions for failing to raise test scores to holding states and localities accountable for making the systemic changes that improve student achievement. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001