The No Child Left Behind Act Essay

790 Words Oct 1st, 2015 4 Pages
The average person spends 13 years in school, just to acquire a high school degree and receive an education. However, in recent years, the U.S. Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act: an act that requires states to administer assessments in order to receive funding from the federal government and to enable that all the states to have academically equivalent. In effect of this act, schools have now changed their entire curriculum to teach these standardized tests and pay their teachers based on the results. Nonetheless, the public school system needs reforming in a way that professors teach students more than what the test curriculums assesses them on by adding other essential information into their lessons, teachers need a just payment on how they teach in the classroom rather than on the test results, and the calculation of a school’s compensation shouldn’t be solely how the students perform on the standardized assessments. The public school system needs modification in a way that the teachers don’t only teach the test’s curriculum, but information that would be beneficial in learning the subject. Teachers now are being paid to teach a specific way that prepares the student for tests that include, but is not limited to: the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT), American College Test (ACT), End of Course/End of Year (EOC/EOY) exams, etc. They must follow a curriculum plan verbatim and finish it within a specific time frame.…

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