"No child left behind" Is this really helping children achieve?
NO, here in my area I feel all NCLB has done is create EXCELENT LIERS(schools). For my daughter they have done this in so many ways to LOOK GOOD and to not BRING ATTENTION to the failing SPECIAL EDU provided here. Even tho they insist she has no LD they have read her tests, given more time, etc. I can not comment on the REGULAR EDU classes because they have conisistantly keep her from them(unwilling/blind to her needs- to provide assistance in reg edu classrooms which created behaviors she was kicked out of classes and suspended on a daily basis for 2 years)She has been shoved into self-contained classrooms due to *BEHAVIOR* yet no steps to assist in correcting behavior-such as *Behavior Plan*. Only negitive punishment, creating even more challenges for my daughter. I could go on and on about the failing of NCLB and SPECIAL EDU failings as I have been fighting the systems for her entire educational years. *They are the pro's and I am just a mom* and after years of challenging(rightly so) the education/treatment of my daughter *I have been made to look like an *UNCREDIBLE* voice as I confront the violations occured/occuring and the *LIE* to make their version of her needs *OVERPOWER* my concerns and voice.
PRETTY SAD-- I NEED AN ADVOCATE! to get AN ADVOCATE willing to stand up to the *GODS* and ASSIST IN OBTAINING PROPER EDUCATION FOR A NOW *SENIOR* WITH NO CHANCE TO GRADUATE( been in/NEEDED spec edu since early edu)
I am a parent who is highly upset with NCLB and special edu overall!
Nope...I don't see any point...I have special needs and it really doesn't help me. I got an IEP diploma when I was in high school...so I didn't have to take those exams that are required for graduation.
It depends on where you are. I've worked in schools that had nowhere to go except up, so anything would've helped, therefore NCLB has really helped. But I've also worked in areas where the schools knew what they were doing, and were doing fine before NCLB, and therefore the law has actually hindered the schools.
No. Someone in a high-level governmental position just wanted to seem like he knows what goes on in public schools and knows how to fix all the problems. It's really just a bunch of nonsense as far as effective policy goes.
All the law does is force the schools to make the kids better at taking tests. There has been no serious discussion of whether the tests actually look at what we want kids to learn. Bright and creative kids are suffering the most. as well as Special Ed. kids being forced to take tests they can't possibly pass. They get to feel like failures even more.
There are some good things and some not so good things about NCLB.
- more special needs are getting identified earlier which means that children are getting intervention earlier
- more qualified teachers are getting brought in and those who are not qualified are either getting qualified or losing their jobs
- teachers are being held accountable, so if their not doing their job, they will no longer have a job, and someone who can do the job will be hired
- states are developing state-wide curricula and assessments, so all schools within a state are "on the same page" about what should be taught when
- fewer children are just being passed on to the next grade just because of their age, if they are not making progress, they do not move on to the next grade
Not so good things:
- too much emphasis on assessment, spending more time teaching to the test
- stressing kids out about passing a test
From a teacher's point of view... no. I know a parent who swore it was because of it that her son graduated, but really, it's not doing anything. It's really just bringing other kids down.
I haven't had any first hand experience with NCLB helping children achieve. In a utopian society NCLB would be fantastic.
When a child who can't walk, use her arms, make eye contact, or swallow has to take a test on the 5th grade level because thats where she should be chronologically there is something wrong. I work at a campus that has all the severely handicapped kids in the district. Since we have more than the percentage allowed to take the state alternative test our school receives bad ratings each year. If we weren't a cluster campuse our ratings would be better.
Children that are achieving highly are also being left behind. Teachers are focusing on those who need that extra push to pass the state tests. There aren't enough hours in a school day to do remediation for the lower kids and acceleration for the higher kids.
I did a research paper on the "NCLB" Act back last autumn for college and little to say what I found was very disturbing. When states like Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas will go as far as not only lowering the standards needed to pass these tests but also rise test scores for the learning disabled to a passing level so that they can maintain federal funding without having to be bothered by actually having to take time and teach the learning disabled students should speak for it self. As long as the State Board of Education are allowed to continue with these acts of fraud, "NCLB" Act will never help the children that need it the most. Sorry!!
Since there is no way to monitor this appropriately, no, it is not.
it helps kids wh are of special needs r even average to an extent, but itnot to much above average
No. In fact, it is leaving our special education children behind. Especially once school choice kicks in when your school fails. The kids who leave are typically the high-achieving ones. That leaves the low-achieving (often special education) kids behind. They also have more difficulty getting into charter schools because they drag scores down.
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