NO TEACHER LEFT BEHIND ACT

TEACHING IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

NEW REQUIREMENTS TO MAKE BETTER TEACHERS

- STANDARDIZED TEACHER EVALUATION ONCE PER SCHOOL YEAR

Students are evaluated each year through standardized tests to determine progress. Teachers should be evaluated each year as well to examine their progress in teaching abilities.

- SUMMER CLASSES TO ADDRESS TEACHERS' WEAKNESSES

If teachers score below average in any area of their annual evaluation, they will be required to take a targeted summer class to address problem areas.

- MANDATORY NETS-T TRAINING

Technology is a crucial piece of twenty-fisrt century skills. The NETS-T has set standards for technology integration in the classroom. Teachers nationwide should receive training on how to meet these standards and better equip students for the global market.

THE PRICE OF PROGRESS

According to New American Foundation (2013), the No Student Left Behind Act is government funded and cost over $13 billion in grants in 2013. A government already hard-pressed to make cut-backs cannot afford another program to fund. So how do we implement the No Teacher Left Behind Act without causing more government debt? We use resources we already have. School administers can take on the task of annual evaluations. Instead of rewarding teachers for high student test scores with bonuses, the opposite financial motivation can be enforced. Requiring teachers to pay for summer classes they must take due to a poor evaluation can motivate them to put more effort into the classroom. Of course the government is going to have to shoulder some of the financial responsibility. Paying staff to define standards and create evaluation forms along with training all of the country's teachers on NETS-T standards will add up quickly. However, if the program is introduced in waves, starting with a few grades each year, then the cost can be spread out over time. The bottom line is we need to be financially responsible when implementing new programing, however, we cannot afford to send students into the twenty-first century world unprepared.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Hager is a student at Ashford University working toward his Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. He is passionate about creating learning environments that prepare students for today's global market.


Reference: New American Foundation. (2013, July 10). Federal Education Budget Project: Background and Analysis: No Child Left Behind Funding. Retrieved from: http://febp.newamerica.net/background-analysis/no-child-left-behind-funding