No Child Left Behind To Undergo Changes


Another school year is about to begin, and with it come changes to the No Child Left Behind act, including here in Colorado.

Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will announce a new waiver system to give schools here and across the country a break from student testing mandates, with more specifics to come next month.

State officials say they can no longer wait for mandates from the No Child Left Behind law, and have been begging federal officials for relief.

The waivers will be offered around the country as long as they meet other school reform requirements--and come at the request of President Barack Obama.

The waivers will allow schools some relief from exams as long as they agree to taking action towards other elements of education reform.

The goal of the 9-year-old law is to have every student proficient in math and reading by 2014. To track progress, schools are mandated to test students each year, and must show yearly progress by having more students meet testing goals each year.

Critics have argued that the benchmarks are unrealistic; that yearly testing forces teachers to focus on preparing for a specific exam all year versus allowing for a wider curriculum; and label schools that don't meet the testing requirements a failure even if they continue to show significant progress each year

Duncan warns that 80 percent of all U.S. schools could be labeled failures next year if No Child Left Behind is not changed.

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  • by Gabrielle Location: Canon City on Mar 4, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    Okay, so if the kids are supposed to be put in regular paced classes, what about the students that have Mental and Physical Disabilities? and as for you "Really" SHAME ON YOU!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Operation: Enduring Stupidity.
  • by Really on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    Only in Colorado. Its as bad as the unwritten law of no mexican left behind. They soak up a lot of state funds and should be transported back to mexico, but just like the gays, there tolerated. So why is this stupid no child left behind law fixed. Incompetent leaders.
  • by Joe Location: CS on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    We continue to waste resources trying to make sure every child gets an education. I believe in giving everyone the chance to get an education, but at the same time you will always have students that fail to live up to the inflated standards our governement has set. There are reasons we have been passed by other countries in education. We need to be focusing dollars on ensuring that students with an apptitude for schooling are challenged. Right now our teachers are forced to prepare students for these yearly tests and have little time left for other subjects. Not all kids are meant to go to college and sometimes a technical field would suit them better. The whole system needs to be overhauled and we need to identify the childrens strengths and weakness and teach them accordingly. The pressure that is being put on the kids under these testing requirements can only be counter productive in achieving the goal of bettering out education system.
  • by Me on Aug 8, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    They just need to get rid of the law. I was going to homeschool but homeschooled kids are forced to take the tests as well. We figured we'll send the kids to public school and take up the slack at home.
  • by anon Location: CS on Aug 8, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    @Nath. Right on brother. The south will rise again.. But seriously, we already fought a war to prove the right of the federal govt to place a hand in what the states are doing. Without a centralized voice, ignorant rednecks will place us all back in 1950's Georgia. I mean, yes some of the standards are misguided, but that is only because we placed an ignorant redneck in charge of the central voice for so long.
  • by BJ Location: Colorado on Aug 8, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    I agree. The No Child Left Behind is the biggest waste of funds and its testing results does not prove without a doubt really reflect the actual knowledge of its students. Too many schools have such a high rate of students leaving and entering their schools throughout a school year; how then can we really grade of school based on that? It is not fair and students really lose out in having a quality education by only be taught to the "Test". Let educators get back to educating our children with inspiration and challenges of broad based curriculum. The last nine years have given very little to the average students in public schools.
  • by Colorado Location: C/S on Aug 8, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Correct and right on Nath. I still maintain that as a nation we pump more money into the educational system than any other country in the world. Why is it that it's failing? It would appear that Administration is getting the bulk of the money, not the teachers or students.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Aug 8, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    The states should just say no. The federal government has no Constitutional authority to be involved in education - period. The department of education is one of the first of many federal entities that need to be abolished.
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