Recently, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia gave us a pop quiz.
In 2001, before No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was passed, there were six federally mandated tests per student. Guess how many there are now.
The answer: 17
SEVENTEEN federally-mandated tests. On TOP of all the other state and local assessments.
Lily stated the obvious when she added, “But that’s not even the real issue.”
So, what is? It’s the high stakes that are tied to those tests and the lack of attention on what really matters – the opportunities we’re providing our students across ALL zip codes. That is the real heart of the problem.
This is the perfect time to get activated, because Congress is reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind.
This is a HUGE deal that will dictate not only the amount of time students spend on testing, but also the resources like advanced courses,
extracurriculars, and access to school counselors – they receive.
Need to Know:
- Since being adopted, No Child Left Behind has made no real progress in closing achievement and opportunity gaps for our students. Instead, it has perpetuated a system that delivers unequal opportunities and uneven quality to America’s children.
- This system of unequal opportunity makes it impossible for educators to do what is most important: instill a love of learning in their students…to focus on the WHOLE child.
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