The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation has highlighted the need for educators to be accountable for the achievement of all students in a school, including children with disabilities, low-income students, and English Language Learners. Do you think this is a realistic goal? What changes would you suggest to NCLB that might increase its effectiveness in meeting its goals?
As an educator myself, I do not think that this is a realistic goal. There are many obstacles that interfere with a student's ability to learn, many which are environmental and issues outside of the classroom and school setting. Many students who come from low-income families do not have the support at home that they need to help them achieve their academic and educational goals. It is often up to the students to have the desire and self-motivation to achieve the high standards that are set in place. As for students who are English Language Learners, it is often difficult to learn a new language, especially the older you get. Also, if the families at home are speaking their native language and do not speak English, then it is solely up to the school to teach the student. What happens beyond the school day and on the weekends is up to the families and often there is no follow ...
What changes need to occur that would increase the effectiveness of No Child Left Behind.