Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The results of ignoring the "No Child Left Behind" Act

The one good idea that I  admired about the Bush era,  actually came not from the Saudi-loving president but from his wife, Laura Bush. The  No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that children be tested annually before proceeding to the next grade and the schools to be held  responsible for any lack of  such progress not made by the kids. (Let me point out here that, Obama, of course didn't like this policy... he hates tests knowing he would fail every single one of them).  

Laura Bush has gone  on record with this:
"We would never go to a doctor and say, 'I'm sick, you can't try to diagnose me … you can't use any kind of test," she says.
She calls the annual testing — and its consequences — "the most important piece" of the law. "That's what lets us know that we're not just shuffling kids through school, and that poor kids aren't being the ones who make it to the fifth grade and can't read, or make it to the ninth grade and drop out." It would be "embarrassing and a tragedy if we don't address those problems."
From CBSLocal:
It’s an education bombshell.  Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.
The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.
When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.
They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.
They are part of a disturbing statistic.
Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work........

From WND:
Some are quietly wondering  whether Atlanta is in danger of becoming “the Detroit of the South.”
The city has experienced an ongoing succession of government scandals, ranging from a massive cheating racket to corruption, bribery, school-board incompetence and now the potential loss of accreditation for the local DeKalb County school system.

For several years, problems of this sort have fueled political reforms, including the creation of new cities in northern Atlanta suburbs. Due to the intensification of corruption scandals in DeKalb, some state-level reform proposals could become national news very soon.......

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