NCLB Case Study

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While it is true that NCLB “created the nation’s first reform-minded federal regulatory regime in education, this regulatory system still left a great deal of power and flexibility to the states; it was up to the states to develop proficiency standards and accountability programs to ensure that all students had access to a quality education. As established in the previous section, it was not until President Obama’s waiver system was put into place that strong opposition to federal intrusion under this law began. The component of the plan which created the most difficulties for the states, and for which they sought relief under the waiver program, was the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) requirement; under this requirement, states needed to set proficiency benchmarks which would guarantee that students were on track to reach 100 percent proficiency in math and reading by the year 2014.
As with many new policies whose goal is to make sweeping reforms, the regulatory scheme of NCLB had unintended consequences for the students it sought to help, namely students in high-poverty high-minority school districts. In order to hold
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More significantly, it does not provide the states with support in creating a viable infrastructure for accountability which will benefit students; ESSA simply guts the infrastructure that was created under NCLB and puts nothing in its place. This is particularly problematic for students in low-income and minority schools, because states have a historically bad track record of addressing inequalities between

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