NCLB at 10: narrowed curriculum, increased segregation, blinkered responses to poverty’s effects, an entire test/test prep regime that squeezes out subjects other than math/reading. Missing from Goldstein’s summary but worth mentioning is the overemphasis on standardized test results and the impact on special ed children, who may need physical accommodations to take the tests and are sometimes cognitively impaired…yet their scores also contribute to the overall school score. What else is a result of NCLB that you’d like to change?
A Decade of No Child Left Behind | The Nation
As the No Child Left Behind Act turns 10 on Sunday, the bill’s future remains uncertain, with Congress and the Obama administration divided over how to update the controversial law. Meanwhile, NCLB has been largely irrelevant to two of the major trends in national education policy-making over the pa…