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ERIC Number: EJ851735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
Closing the Gaps of No Child Left Behind: The Assessment Debate for Essential Schools
Hirsch, Lisa
Horace, v23 n1 Win 2007
Recently, a local reporter asked the author, a district curriculum and instruction director, if No Child Left Behind (NCLB) did more good than bad. According to her, there is no good in spending a disproportionate amount of time and money on reporting when the money and her time could be spent in classrooms. Nor is it a good thing to make decisions based solely on test scores, because soon enough, decisions will translate more and more into teaching to the test, cutting out what is truly vital and essential for meaningful learning. For the most part, the NCLB academic reporting reflects standardized test scores. Neither the report nor any NCLB funds link to the high school exhibitions. Unfortunately, the reporting and remedy structure that's been imposed forces school people to commit to quick fixes implemented with little turnaround time. The word "curriculum" is being altered to mean programs--scripted and lackluster programs. Many educational researchers and even more educators will stand by the knowledge that performance based assessment should be valued at least as much as standardized multiple choice tests. It's clear that many schools are persevering, but not thriving like they could. In this article, the author contends that what is needed at the school level are meaningful conversations about all of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) Common Principles. School people need to take action and be conscious of keeping a healthy balance between real teaching and test preparation. Meanwhile, teachers and principals need to take every opportunity to showcase publicly their performance based work and invite local and state lawmakers, community members, and local media to take part. For the sake of the students, it is important to leverage demonstrations of mastery to find the tiny cracks in local settings in order to create real change that will benefit all students.
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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 - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001