Essay about The No Child Left Behind Act

1435 Words Oct 2nd, 2014 6 Pages
Our children are our future, so we need to make sure they succeed in all aspects of life. In doing what needs to be done for our children’s future the No Child Left Behind Act needs some revising done. If the government set standards to meet the same requirements across the board, and waivers were modified the benefits can be very rewarding. However, parent’s involvement plays as big of a part, and will be just as rewarding to their child. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was enacted in 2002, and was put in place “to hold educational agencies and states accountable for improving the quality of education for all students” states the authors of No Child Left Behind: What We Know And What We Need To Know (Maleyko & Gawlik, 2011, p. 2). The purpose is to close the gap between minority and non-minority students, and also high and low achieving students (2011, p. 2, para. 2). How do we do this? By putting the assessments in place and making sure each school is meeting their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). According to Maleyko and Gawlik (2011), each state has an academic assessment that is given in grades 3 through 8 annually, and once in grades 10 through 12, to make sure students meet their grade level expectations (Maleyko & Gawlik, 2011, p. 2). One of the issues is that some states have a way to manipulate the AYP in their favor. This does not help these schools because the students are not reaching their educational levels. These assessments should…

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