ERIC Number: EJ857698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Time to Kill "No Child Left Behind"
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n1 p4-6 Sep 2009
The latest release of scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) provides no evidence for the effectiveness of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. In long-term trends, the achievement gap between white and minority students has hardly budged over the past decade. Congress should get rid of No Child Left Behind because it is a failed law. It is dumbing down children by focusing solely on reading and mathematics. By ignoring everything but basic skills, it is not preparing students to compete with their peers in the high-performing nations, nor is it preparing them for a complex society. It has usurped state and local control of education. Washington has neither the knowledge nor the capacity to micromanage the nation's schools. No amount of tinkering can repair this poorly designed law. The time has come for fresh thinking about the best way for Washington to help improve the nation's schools.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, National Competency Tests, Minority Groups, Educational Legislation, Achievement Gap, Minority Group Children, Educational Quality, Governance, Sanctions, Academic Failure, Grade 4, Grade 8
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001