The ideas behind the NCLB
were sound, even noble - that every child has a right to a good education, and that government is responsible for ensuring that the entitlement is delivered without exception.
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB
) Act of 2001 is arguably the most fareaching education policy initiative in the United States over the last four decades.
PRACTICING DEMOCRACY IN THE NCLB
Yet heightened attention to NCLB
has not produced consensus over its consequences for students.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans provide a less-than-enthusiastic endorsement of the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB
), now in its eighth year.
Their alternative claims were that 1) the Act does not require states and districts to comply with NCLB
's educational requirements if doing so would necessitate the expenditure of extra local funds to cover the additional costs of compliance and 2) the Act is ambiguous regarding whether districts are required to spend their own funds, thus violating the Constitution's spending clause.
One significant problem is that NCLB
testing policies inadvertently have weakened state-level exams and academic transparency.
Results indicated that following passage of NCLB
, federal reading scores among elementary school students declined significantly.
By requiring states to measure student achievement in language arts and mathematics and tying school performance reports and financial incentives to testing results, NCLB
resulted in the diversion of both funding and class-time away from social studies and other non-tested subjects.
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said in a statement that the findings provide evidence to reauthorize NCLB
Reason magazine followed the account about Ashley with a litany of examples where students who wished to switch schools under the NCLB
were denied transfers or only allowed transfers to other underperforming schools.