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ERIC Number: EJ918851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
The Meaning of "Success" for First Nations Schools
Churcher, Kassandra
Education Canada, v50 n4 Fall 2010
When the First Nations Student Success Program (FNSSP) was first introduced in September 2009, the author's initial thought was: "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has finally arrived in Canada." It seemed prophetic that the 2010 spring issue of "Education Canada" contained both a piece by Joel Westheimer warning against the pitfalls of constant assessment and Michael Chandler's article on the social and cultural factors that affect Indigenous learners. FNSSP is a literal marriage of both Westheimer's concerns and Chandler's frustrations. The program, initiated by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, exclusively targets the education systems controlled by First Nations. The purpose of the program is to increase student improvement and build a system of teacher and school accountability. There exist substantial parts of the FNSSP and NCLB that can be open to comparison. The FNSSP program is similar to the NCLB in that it focuses on key areas of performance indicators--literacy, numeracy, attendance, and retention. Currently, as First Nations communities begin to respond to the requirements of the FNSSP, an open discussion on the questions raised by the NCLB experience in the U.S. would be beneficial. Unless First Nations communities clearly define and own the data they produce, there is significant risk that--as has been the case with NCLB--the data can be used to undermine, as opposed to constructively strengthen, their efforts. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001