ERIC Number: EJ700651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
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No Cow Left Behind
Remsen, Kenneth A.
School Administrator, v61 n2 p47 Feb 2004
As a principal facing the task of figuring out all the complexities of the No Child Left Behind legislation, Kenneth Remsen, has concluded there is a strong belief that testing students is the answer to bringing about improvements in student performance. Because testing seems to be a cornerstone to improving performance, he doesn't understand why this principle isn't applied to other businesses that are not performing up to expectations. Owing to his residence in northwestern Vermont, he has been growing concerned about the problem of falling milk prices and wondering why testing cows wouldn't be effective in bringing up prices since testing students is going to bring up test scores. Mr. Remsem creates a similar, fictional program, also called NCLB (No Cow Left Behind), and applies many of the principles of No Child Left Behind to resolve similar issues in dairy farming. The result of the analogy this school principal has drawn is a thoughtful expression of his frustrations with the many ironies he has experienced daily while trying to navigate the complexities of No Child Left Behind.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Testing, Standards, Humor, Educational Legislation, Achievement Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001