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The No Child Left Behind Act
The No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law by George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. There are many good and bad points of this act. There are a lot of kids that are still not getting the proper education. The faults of this law could be easily fixed to benefit all children.
The No Child Left Behind (NCBL) Act is a reform of the federal education policy. The NCLB was put in effect to help all children get an equal education no matter of race or how much money the family makes. “The NCLB Act will strengthen Title 1 accountability by requiring States to implement statewide accountability systems covering all public schools and students.” (Secretary of Press, 2002, Accountability for Results, para 2) Each state has one test that all students grades one through eight have to take every year. Every school must have results made available to parents so they can see how the school measures up statewide. The state then will make a report to show the progress that all students are making in closing up the achievement gaps between other students. “Assessment results and state progress objectives must be broken out by student groups based on poverty, race and ethnicity, disability, and limited English proficiency to ensure that no group is left behind.”( Secretary of Press, 2002, Accountability for Results, para 2) Every school is held accountable for closing the gap and if they fail to do so they get put on corrective action and restructuring measures are taken to get them back on track. If the school does not show improvement and “goes four consecutive years, it will be subject to increasingly tough corrective actions-such as replacing school staff or significantly decreasing management authority at the school level. If a school continues to fail, the school could ultimately face restructuring, which involves a fundamental change in governance, such as State takeover or placement under...