No Child Left Behind 

No Child Left Behind Because Tests Are Dumbed Down?

Chicago has lowered the requirements for kids to pass standardized tests. Credit: Getty Images
In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus ... Anyone? Anyone? Invented bubble gum, you say? Oh, what the heck. Close enough for public...
Are Chicago schools giving up on kids by making tests easier to pass?

Scores Rise, But Loophole Keeps Test from Underachievers

Illinois schools might be using a loophole to boost test scores. Credit: jupiterimages
In the past two years, test scores at Rich East High School jumped by 37 percent. But those numbers may not be all they are cracked up to be. The Chicago...

No Child Left Behind -- what's the problem?

A lot of people -- mostly politicians, it seems -- have praised the No Child Left Behind initiative to no end. Best thing since sliced bread, it seems. But a lot of people -- especially teachers -- have voiced plenty of criticism, If you're not quite...

Guess what? Kids got left behind

President Bush made a big deal about how he wanted to make sure that all children had equal access to educational opportunity, so he passed the No Child Left Behind, causing schools everywhere to stop teaching children to learn and instead teach them...

The benefits of pre-kindergarten

CNN has an interesting article on a movement by some states to fund pre-kindergarten classes to the under 5 set. The article outlines some of the benefits afforded by pre-kindergarten education, and they're quite compelling. Studies have shown that...

Schools consider increasing hours

Schools in the United States are pondering the merits of a longer school day. When I first saw the headline, I was filled with the same sense of dread I had when I heard several years ago that local schools here were pondering a year-round school...

Will schools across America soon have longer days?

I have not hid my disappointment in the "No Child Left Behind" act in America. It seems as if every teacher I have spoken with about this issue said too much time is being spent "teaching to the test." One middle school principal in Massachusetts is...

Got a speed reader? Tell her to "slow down."

If your child is finishing books at record pace, you might want to see if she's understanding anything she read. Have you heard of "reading fluency?" According to this article, fluency involves accuracy, expressiveness and speed. Unfortunately, many...

Harvard doctor not qualified to teach

Jefferd Huyck was a teacher at Pacific Collegiate, a charter school in California. Despite a doctorate from Harvard and 22 years of teaching in high school and college, and despite numerous awards by his Latin students, he was not considered "highly...

Does "No Child Left Behind" help to create community splits?

My community has become more and more divided over the past 10 years when it comes to the subject of education. The chasm recently deepened even more so with the implementation of the No Child Left Behind law. Until the law was voted into place there...

"No Child Left Behind" law might not be working

The "No Child Left Behind" law that promised to improve our country's public school systems might bot be all it was cracked up to be. The concept, cooked up by the Bush administration, states that children must pass certain standardized tests in...

Tennessee: No child's left behind ... except, sometimes, if she's a minority

From the Tennessee Daily Times:  Some schools in Tennessee have found a loophole in the No Child Left Behind law, an American national law which relies on standardized testing to push schools to ensure that every student is proficient in math...

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