NCLB: Truth or Myth

United States
February 13, 2007 8:34pm CST
First of all, was the creator of this "philosophy" drunk when he thought that this would move education into a forward motion? Last year, in my building alone, over 100 5th grade students were "left behind" because of testing/promotional standards. Is that being left behind or what? How do you feel about the policy? Is it a success where your are?
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@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Working in the system I see a lot of children that just don't test well. If this is going to br the standard what is the grading sstem for. I feel like if you are going to only look at the CRCT scores don't bother with the grades. I mean if it isn't going to matter if you are a student that passes all year long and then take a test that you have been told is going to determin weather or not you go to the next grade that will scare you enough.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
15 Feb 07
It's a disaster where I taught. I was in a very poor school. Many of the kids came from families that didn't consider education a priority. We had children starting Kdg. who struggled to even understand spoken English even though that was their only language. Obviously no one ever talked to them. One year over 25% of my class was special needs, and I had an assistant for only a couple of hours a day. There was no money for materials, so I spent hundreds of dollars of my own. I worked days, nights, weekends, and summers to create materials and exciting learning activities. And I still had children who were not performing at grade level by the time they moved up to the next grade. How does our crazy government think teachers are supposed to handle their expectations given the adverse conditions. I moved this year, and I am NOT looking for another teaching job.