Closing The Learning Achievement Gap Gone Or Widening It? Essay

2078 Words Nov 17th, 2014 9 Pages
Viviana Villalobos
Professor Slavick
American Politics
15 November 2014
Closing the Learning Achievement Gap Gone or Widening It? It’s fair to assume that an act that is called No Child Left Behind would be a success in benefiting children, but that assumption would be proven wrong. No Child Left Behind was enacted in 2002 to close the learning achievement gap for elementary and secondary school students. This act strives to close the achievement gap by setting up a learning curriculum that focuses mainly on math and reading and having children tested on these subjects and pass at a proficient level at the end of the year. We need to focus on the fact that these are young children and they are still in the process of learning, being that it is a process these students shouldn’t be expected to meet a proficient level yet. The big problem is that these expectations of all students reaching a proficient level on mandated tests are proving to be unrealistic. Regular students are having trouble achieving proficient test results so the students that are probably being most affected are those that fall under the “at-risk” category. Obviously if the students fail to meet these expectations the accountability needs to fall on someone and it is mainly falling on teachers. Not only is the NCLB act not beneficial for students it is also causing harm to teachers, and schools as a whole.
In the cause for trying to make every single student be proficient in both reading and math, the…

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