PRO-CON is a feature in the
Is No Child Left Behind Act working? YES
Is No Child Left Behind Act working? NO
Blaming No Child Left Behind for failures of public education seems to be in vogue these days. So it was refreshing to hear a leading liberal Democrat speak passionately about his commitment to this landmark law. More important was the promise by Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat, who heads the House education committee, to fight for the bill’s reauthorization this year.
Life is a mixed bag. Sometimes we’re up; sometimes were down. Mostly we succeed; often, we fail.
A STATISTICAL CHALLENGE FOR THE ARITHMETICALLY CHALLENGED (an irregular feature of 4LAKids!)
- In working toward that goal, schools and their districts must make adequate yearly progress, or AYP, which is based on at least 95 percent of students taking the assessments, and how all those students fared -- not just the average student score
- Scores are disaggregated (broken out) by subgroups ("each numerically significant group of students" in ten categories:
- African American (not of Hispanic origin)Hispanic or Latino
- White (not of Hispanic origin)
- Pacific Islander
- American Indian or
- Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
- English Learners
- Students with Disabilities
- Every single subgroup must meet AYP for a school to succeed.
- EFFECTIVE NOW (not waiting for 2014) If a school does not meet AYP two years in a row and receives Title I funding, parents must be given the option of sending their children to another school.
- The federal funds under Title I are distributed to schools based on their number of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. The schools then provide targeted services to children who are academically behind. And, even though the legislation is NO Child Left Behind – there is no accountability, expectation, or equity for schools not receiving Title One Funds – i.e.: middle class, suburban, "white" schools!
Gentle readers: Our public schools are filled with regular kids. Their average IQ is 100, half of them are above 100 – half below / some are gifted, some are slow, some are achievers, some are dreamers …just like in real life. Our schools turn no children away. Special Education kids with learning disabilities are mainstreamed. Yet the NCLB AYP goals fantastically require 100% of a schools student body to be performing at a level of proficient (grade B or better) – or the school fails! The grade of C (Satisfactory/Average/Passing) is inadequate!
...And so "C" becomes the new "F". - smf