Nclb Failure

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I am writing my research paper to show that the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act is a failure. The NCLB act was brought forth in 2001 by the George W. Bush administration in an effort to assess basic skills and raise national test scores. In this essay I will provide evidence that NCLB is in fact making it harder for children to succeed. Although NCLB has raised test scores, it requires teachers to “teach to the test,” as opposed to teaching children what they actually need to know to succeed, and leaves children unprepared for further education. NCLB also takes the focus off of the arts and puts it all on subjects that are tested by the state. In an article published in the Phi Delta Kappa International Magazine, the ten biggest effects…show more content…
The effects of NCLB affected everyone, whether you were at the top of your class or toward the bottom. To those of us who experienced the affects if NCLB first hand, it seemed like the students who put in the least amount of effort got rewarded the same things that the students putting in hours of work got. I asked my good friend Casey Collins, who attends University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, if she felt that NCLB was affective she said, “In all seriousness it was passed to help those who were behind get back on their feet, but it never took into account why all of these students were doing poorly in the first place. It's not effective in the fact that these kids are now moving forward but still don’t have the knowledge to do so. It also holds back the kids who work hard to succeed.” Many of the people I asked agreed in some way with Casey. I also asked another girl I graduated with, Lauren Maule, who now attends Eastern Carolina University, she said that she did not believe NCLB was affective because, “No Child Left Behind serves as a way to let students who do not deserve to move on in the school system, move ahead. If you do not work during the school year and can pass a test at the end and your peers did homework every night and just cannot seem to sit through a test you do not deserve to be able to be compared to them by moving on to the next grade level.” Both Casey and Lauren were in the top ten percent of our class, and neither agrees with what has happened in high schools since 2001. Who understands the effects more then the people who experienced it? I would have to completely agree with Casey and Lauren. NCLB allows students who put forward minimal or no effort to

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