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I wasn’t much of a fan of the federally mandated ‘No Child Left Behind’ – and am still not so. As flawed as our public education system is, it seemed more prudent to have those closest to the problems be the ones to come up with solutions … subsidiarity. Now this …
… new research published in Educational Researcher (ER) reports that progress in raising test scores was stronger before No Child Left Behind was approved in 2002, compared with the four years following enactment of the law.
I’ve said it before … that I’m all for accountability … but honestly! an education is not like other commodities that have measurable value. Practical application of a small set of things learned is not the major reason we educate our children (and ourselves). Those who proposed and passed and enforce the No Child legislation may have had good intentions … but it’s fallen short in its results.
the strong advances in narrowing racial and income-based achievement gaps seen in the 1990s have faded since passage of ‘No Child’
And if the No Child proponents are all about results, then they should be among the first to advocate for its removal. (I won’t hold my breath, though.)