With all of its good intentions, most educators say that No Child Left Behind has resulted in teachers teaching to the test rather than captivating students with a love of learning. In an effort to turn this around, Arne Duncan and his administration are writing a new bill which they hope to complete by August of 2010. Hereâ€™s an excerpt from todayâ€™s New York Times article featuring some of the goals of the new law:
â€œThe administration would replace the lawâ€™s pass-fail school grading system with one that would measure individual studentsâ€™ academic growth and judge schools based not on test scores alone but also on indicators like pupil attendance, graduation rates and learning climate.â€
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March 13, 2010
Obama Calls for Major Change in Education Law
By SAM DILLON
The Obama administration on Saturday called for a broad overhaul of President George W. Bushâ€™s No Child Left Behind law, proposing to reshape divisive provisions that encouraged instructors to teach to tests, narrowed the curriculum, and labeled one in three American schools as failing.
By announcing that he would send his education blueprint to Congress on Monday, President Obama returned to a campaign promise to repair the sprawling federal law, which affects each of the nationâ€™s nearly 100,000 public schools. His plan strikes a careful balance, retaining some key features of the Bush-era law, including its requirement for annual reading and math tests, while proposing far-reaching changes.
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