I would like to inform you about the proposed changes to the No Child Left Behind Act.
No Child Left Behind is often abbreviated as NCBL. The NCLB reauthorized The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which aided disadvantaged students in education. No Child Left Behind was originally passed in 2001 by president George W. Bush. The NCLB law required each state to set standards for public schools, and to emphasize the importance of math and reading skills. Standardized tests are designed to help kids exceed in school and prepare for what lies beyond school.
This issue is currently being debated and discussed in news. The current law is not living up to it’s expectations. According to time.com, because each state sets its own standards, how is one supposed to measure success? Some states lower their standards to look equal with the other states progress. Since the NCLB focuses on testing in math and reading alone, struggling schools focus their attention on those subjects alone to improve scores, not spending time on history, sciences or arts. If the school does not meet state standards, funds are reduced which hinders learning environments.
Some of the Acts requirements are outlined according to edweek.org.Annual testing requirs that states have to test in math and reading every year from 3rd-8th grade to meet state set standards, and a science test in elementary, middle and high school level.Academic Success and Progress requires that individual schools must reach state standards and show student progress through the year 2014.Teachers that apply for core classes will have to be highly qualified with experience and many years of schooling.Funding for this act will focus mainly on school districts in economically challenged areas, but also allows states to divide up funding.
President Barack Obama feels like the current NCLB is hindering students learning potential, he has recently proposed a new plan to revise the current NCLB act.
Five key changes Obama’s wants in the NCLB act according to csmonitor.com:Focus less on math & reading efficiency, more on “College and Career Readiness”, this will better prepare students with skills for the future rather than centering on math and reading alone.Increase focus on other core subjects because students need a well rounded education with knowledge of history, arts, and foreign languages.Reward Schools: NCBL simply brands schools as failing, the new act would acknowledge schools of their success with awards and funding.Federal funding changed to competitive grants: Obama’s Race to the Top program will offer stimulus money to states that apply.Tutoring not required: Schools who do not meet standards will not be required to offer tutoring or the option for students to transfer.
How will schools be effected? Obama says he wants to better fund schools so they have a wide variety of resources to use with their students. By not having such harsh punishments on schools, more students will be encouraged to stay in school until they graduate, rather than pushing away failing students to make school statistics rise. The new act would evaluate the continual progress of education programs.
How will students be effected?Obama wants students to be well educated and tested in higher skills like technology, researching, investigating and supporting ideas. The ultimate goal of learning these skills to to prepared young teens for college and life after high school.
In order to fund all the necessary needs to fulfill Obama’s ideas, a budget of $4 billion is being asked. Obama’s proposed changes to NCLB are being presented to the House to be voted on.
Democrat George Miller from CA, thinks this new act will push America to support and prepare our students. The American Federation of Teachers feels like too much of the failing responsibility is placed on the teachers and not the schools. Amy Wilkins, the vice president of The Education Trust feels like were are shifting our culture by saying students should be career prepared, rather than being unclear of what K-12 is supposed to do. (npr.org)
No Child Left Behind
No child left behind<br />Olivia Nielsen<br />
INTRODUCTION<br />Abbreviated as NCBL<br />Reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)<br />No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001<br />Math and reading standardized tests<br />
WHY NCLB IS IMPORTANT<br />Current Issue<br />NCBL is “failing”<br />Different standards from state to state<br />Cutting core subjects<br />Funds are reduced<br />
BACKGROUND <br />Requirements of the 2001 NCBL:<br />Annual Tests<br />Academic Success and Progress<br />Qualified Teachers<br />Funding<br />
BACKGROUND<br />Obama Wants Change<br />“Unless we take action, unless we step up, there are countless children who will never realize their full talent and potential.” – President Barack Obama<br />
OBAMA’S CHANGES TO NCLB<br />Five Major Points Obama Wants to Change:<br />Focus less on math & reading efficiency, more on “College and Career Readiness”<br />Increase focus on other core subjects<br />Reward Schools<br />Federal funding changed to competitive grants<br />Tutoring not required<br />
IMPACT ON K-12 EDUCATION<br />How will schools be effected?<br />More funding <br />Less punishment<br />Evaluate continuous progress<br />
IMPACT ON K-12 EDUCATION<br />How will students be effected?<br />Wider range of assessment<br />Obtain a broad range of skills<br />Prepared for career and the real world<br />
FUTURE DIRECTION<br />This plan is asking for $4 billion dollars.<br />Obama’s proposed plan will be presented to the House of Education and Labor Committee. <br />
LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS<br />Different Viewpoints<br />Reset our nations education standards<br />Putting too much blame on teachers for failure<br />Educational culture shift<br />
CONCLUSION<br />No Child Left Behind is not succeeding.<br />Obama has proposed new guidelines.<br />Students will be better prepared for college and careers.<br />
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