No Child Left Behind Act needs an overhaul

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In the next week or two, parents of public school students all over the state will receive letters telling them that their schools did not meet the federal measure of “adequate yearly progress” under the terms of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, or NCLB.

The letters most parents will receive are so full of jargon it’s likely that most will end up in the recycling bin before they are read, which is probably just fine.

The No Child Left Behind Act was intended to hold schools accountable for teaching all students the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in the 21st century. It was part of a broad national movement to end the days when most schools ignored the needs of students whose learning styles, cultural backgrounds, or family or economic hardships differed from the white, middle class norm.

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