No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Molly Murphy 16 November 2014

What is the reform years existed?

Most sweeping education-reform legislation since 1965. The no child left behind act of 2001. President George W. Bush's education-reform bill, was signed into law on January 8, 2002.

Positive Aspects

Assessment-driven reform can have a powerful influence on school curriculum and reform.

All students, regardless of socioeconomic status, race or disability, should be expected to meet common standards that challenge them to acquire content and skills that are more than just minimum requirements.

Standardized testing is the best alternative for comparing student performance across different education systems because human judgment is error-prone.

Negative Aspects

SAT scores declined during the 1970's and 1980's because more students aspired to go to college and took the tests, not because of performance factors.

By imposing standards on students’ minds we are, in effect, depriving them of their fundamental intellectual freedom by applying one standard set of knowledge.

Standardized tests measure little more than socioeconomic status, and teachers and administrators should not be held responsible for that or should a fourth-grade teacher be held accountable for her students’ test scores when those scores reflect all that has happened to the children before.

Does it still exist?

NCLB expired in 2007, but states still have to abide by its requirements until another law replaces it. If they agreed to certain reforms favored by the Obama administration, such as teacher evaluations that include student test scores, they could ease out of NCLB's strictures. Most states applied, and so far, 42 states, Washington, D.C, Puerto Rico and eight districts in California have received waiver's to exempt them from NCLB.