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No Child Let Behind (NCLB)

The effects of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act on high-stakes testing (HST) has generated controversy amongst educators. In this discussion you will briefly debate the efficacy of NCLB.

Conduct research on NCLB using the web, and develop a cohesive and research-based argument against NCLB based on the position you've been assigned. Then, respond to at least two peers of the opposite group with a critical evaluation of their argument. Comment on the accuracy and clarity of their post and ask follow-up questions if needed. Your response should be based on your research and not on your opinion.

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NCLB, or No Child Left Behind, is a 2001 act of Congress passed under President George W. Bush. The premise for the act is standard-based education reform. This essentially means that those supporting the act believe that our educational system the way it currently exists need to be reformed, or changed, and the way to implement this change is through standards based assessments and curriculum. These "standards" are guidelines for what a student of a particular age range or grade level should be able to do and the skill set they should have, and are different from state to state.

This is one of the biggest issues that many take with NCLB. If the Congress has created this legislature as a way to promote basic and necessary skills across the entire country, why does the Act not assert a national achievement standard? More easily put, Congress has said through NCLB that all students across the country should have certain skills set by a certain age - yet Congress does not ...

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The expert examines the no child left behind effects. The expert conducts research on NCLB using the web.