I was recently asked, "What is NCLB"?
The No Child left behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law in 2002. It is a national policy that holds schools and districts accountable for success or failure of students by measuring just what students have and have not learned academically.
The goal NCLB was to raise standards to accomplish achievement and improve student performance in all US public schools.
Criticisms following NCLB:
• Using a test to measure the progress and competence of students only gives a very limited view of student skills.
• It excludes classroom tests, quizzes, projects, portfolios, classroom observations, homework, etc.
• It does not measure creativity, motivation, , flexible thinking and social skills
• It forces teachers to teach to the test and does not allow students to demonstrate critical thinking skills needed for success in life.
• The tests and procedures mandated by NCLB are not necessarily the best ones for achieving these high standards.
• It does not consider students on the opposite ends of the bell curve; it only pertains to the average.
•Each state is allowed to set their own standards which have lowered the overall achievement standard.
Hopefully this helps.