No Child Left Behind Research Paper

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No Child Left Behind | A government attempt to fix American Education | Erica Cowan |

Abstract Despite the vast majority of Americans that are educated though public school systems very successfully, many student of minority or low-income backgrounds have been “left behind.” The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), was the Bush administration’s attempt to help ensure that every public school student had a right to a solid education. A main goal was to have every school achieve higher scores on standardized testing each year and eventually by 2014 every student should score proficiently on their tests. Funding for NCLB was supposed to cover all the added costs that the schools would occur, but the funding ran out and schools are
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Parents also have the option to transfer their child into a different school district, including charter schools. The creators and supporters of the No Child Left Behind Act feel that when the parents are more aware and in control of their child’s education there will be a greater sense of accountability (Orfield, n.d.). When parents choose to have their children transfer to different schools, the schools have to cover the cost of transporting the students to the new school. When funding is already too little, this has caused more problems.
Achievement Gap The term “achievement gap” refers to “observed disparity on a number of educational measures between the performance of groups of students, especially groups defined by gender, race/ethnicity, ability, and socioeconomic status,” (“Achievement gap: Facts, Discussion Forum, and Encyclopedia Article,” n.d.).
Each student must be given an equal opportunity according to No Child Left Behind. Teachers must make sure to help low-income students and minority students because a main goal of the Act is to narrow the achievement gap between children of minority or low-income and children of the majority or middle or high class income. According to the Act, there should be a very small difference between sub groups of students since every student is provided with equal opportunities while at public schools.
Progress in Public Schools Most schools are not meeting the

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