Will Congress Deliberately Not Authorize No Child Left Behind This Session?


 

Will Congress Deliberately Not Authorize No Child Left Behind This Session?
 


2 December 2007 at 8:57:29 AM
salon


Proposals that could drastically alter how children in the nation's public schools are educated have stalled for months in the Senate and House of Representatives education committees. The wrangling over the law, which demands that every child be "proficient" -- working at grade level in reading and math -- by 2014, has grown so rancorous that Congress is unlikely to reauthorize or change the program this year. NCLB will renew automatically if Congress fails to act.


Critics charge that NCLB takes a one-size-fits-all approach that ignores different education standards, challenges and practices among the states:

• Education experts criticize states' differing proficiency standards. Even if a teacher in Wisconsin -- which has a low proficiency standard, according to a recent study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington-based education organization -- helps his eighth-grade reading students meet state targets, they still might lag behind their peers from a state such as South Carolina, which has a higher standard, on national tests.

• Roughly 40 percent of schools that should have faced sanctions, such as a state takeover, for repeatedly failing to help poor students reach proficiency targets through the 2005-2006 school year avoided the law's toughest consequences, according to a Government Accountability Office report this year.

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