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Schools Fail to Meet No Child Left Behind Goals

Discussion in 'Education Policies' started by ANewStart, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. ANewStart

    ANewStart New Member

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    San Francisco Chronicle, September 23, 2008 · If the system mandated by No Child Left Behind to fix thousands of failing schools were subjected to its own rigorous standards, it too could fail.

    That's the conclusion of the first large study examining whether school-restructuring programs required by the federal No Child Left Behind education act are actually working.

    The study, released today, found that the number of schools failing to meet achievement goals nationwide under No Child Left Behind jumped by 50 percent since last year - with California leading the way.

    California now has more than 1,000 persistently failing schools forced to undergo drastic restructuring, the study found. That's more than any other state, yet few are being helped by the mandated process.

    "We think the federal law is like a first draft of a paper - and we don't think it's developed very well," said Jack Jennings, president of the independent Center on Education Policy in Washington, D.C., which has studied No Child Left Behind for years and has now turned its attention to "school restructuring" efforts in five states, including California.

    The study name says it all: "A Call to Restructure Restructuring."

    Little guidance from feds

    The U.S. Department of Education "has offered little guidance on what to do about persistently struggling schools," according to the report.

    As a result, the study found that local efforts to comply with the law and turn schools around are often poorly focused and tend to lack a key ingredient: qualified teachers.

    "I would agree," said Jack O'Connell, California's elected schools chief. "You have to question your entire accountability program when you're setting all your schools up for failure."

    The idea of No Child Left Behind is that 100 percent of students will score "proficient" in reading and math by 2014. To get there, a rising percentage of students at every school has to score proficient each year.

    Program Improvement

    Schools failing to meet those annual proficiency goals two years in a row enter Program Improvement. The first few years include carrots: free tutoring for kids, extra training for teachers and other technical help. Schools that still don't meet the goals after three years face drastic restructuring measures: reopening as a charter school, replacing all staff, being operated by an outside agency or - the most popular - "any other major restructuring" they choose, such as changing the curriculum.

    More than 3,500 schools across the country are in the restructuring phase of Program Improvement this year. That's a 50 percent increase from last year, when about 2,300 schools had to restructure, the study says.

    The problem is that even those drastic measures don't help in most cases.
     
  2. Alexithymia

    Alexithymia New Member

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    In my humble opinion, our best shot at a solid education system is getting the government out of it through a voucher system.
     
  3. PLC1

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    There are many ways that schools could be improved, some of which cost money and are, therefore, not likely to happen. Even the ones that don't cost money aren't likely to happen, as someone would have to give up power, prestige, and perhaps a fancy salary.

    Setting a goal that 100% of the students will be able to pass a difficult test is not realistic, nor would it happen regardless of which reforms were enacted.

    The first improvement, one that would not cost but would actually save money, would be to close down the Department of Education. Of course, as I just said, someone would have to give up power, prestige, and a fancy salary to accomplish that.
     
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    It isn't the money at all, its the way we're spending it. We already spend more per student than any other nation though, but our education system still sucks. So yeah, closing down the department of education and restructuring everything would be a great way to start.
     
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    .."The idea of No Child Left Behind is that 100 percent of students will score "proficient" in reading and math by 2014."

    Pure dreaming to expect 100% proficiency in reading and math from any student body over any amount of time.
     
  6. Cookie Parker

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    I somehow think not meeting the goals of No Child Left Behind is NOT a bad thing. You can't mainstream children and have any learn. Children must be taught at their own speed and when you mainstream children who are disruptive or not capable of grasping the concepts, then you are lowering the standards for all and no one learns.

    Educators hate this program...IT has failed the children, the children have NOT failed No Child Left Behind.
     
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    CookieParker said:
    Well said and since the original 'test/basis/study' that was generated in Texas...was written up off of false data and misrepresentation...rife with fraud and corruption...some administrators were brought up on criminal charges and served time; this whole program as a disaster looking for funding and a shove to get it started!!! Who better to latch onto this than the lower I.Q. of G.W.B.

    I've had to sit with children who are being highly pressured to complete these required tests and they aren't able to read at their 3rd grade level and they were supposed to read these tests on their own...WTH. We are just speed teaching children how to take a computer test...to make the 'reports/data' look better on the books.

    In accounting they would call that 'cooking the books' and it is wrong...horribly wrong!!! IMO
     
  8. pocketfullofshells

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    I thought the goal of no child left behind was to score political points , but not actuly fund it, and force states to find ways to do it, even if they did not want to...then cry that more local control is needed for the schools.....but we will tell them what to teach...and Bush can be happy....
     
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    The goal was to score political points, as well as to discredit public schools. How else can you explain a goal of 100% passing a difficult test?
     
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    It's a shame that reinventing the education process seems to be so troublesome for our country. There should be a national board or educators who oversee policies set fourth by our government. A checks and balances system which does not exsist!
     
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