I'm not a big fan of No Child Left Behind, never have been. I feel that it was hastily done and poorly planned. Even though it was a bipartisan effort, it should have been given more thought and planning. It was going to be rewritten and revamped back when Bush was in office but he just passed the buck to the Obama administration. True, it was done with the best of intentions but I see it as not doing justice to students with special needs. The abundance of testing doesn't prove anything except undue stress on students and educators.
It seems backward that schools in rural areas seem to receive more funding than those in urban areas. Title I was the predecessor and awarded funding to schools based on how many students received free and reduced priced lunches. This money went for materials, books and remedial programs. Just cut back on all the standardized testing and there you have the money for smaller class sizes, materials, books and staff salaries.
Special needs students can be tested through means of alternative assessments. School districts and states can go back to the annual standardized testing. Educators and schools can monitor students' progress through portfolios, observations, etc.
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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, often abbreviated in print as NCLB and sometimes shortened in pronunciation to "nicklebee", is a United States Act of Congress that was originally proposed by the administration of President George W. Bush immediately after taking office. The bill, shepherded through the Senate by Senator Ted Kennedy, one of the bill's sponsors, received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress. The House of Representatives passed the bill on May 23, 2001 (voting 384-45), and United States Senate passed it on June 14, 2001 (voting 91-8). President Bush signed it into law on January 8, 2002.
NCLB is the latest federal legislation that enacts the theories of standards-based education reform, which is based on the belief that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state.
Since enactment, Congress increased federal funding of education, from $42.2 billion in 2001 to $54.4 billion in 2007. No Child Left Behind received a 40.4% increase from $17.4 billion in 2001 to $24.4 billion. The funding for reading quadrupled from $286 million in 2001 to $1.2 billion.