Half of All Public Schools Are FAILING Under No Child Left Behind!
According to a recent report from the Center on Education Policy, nearly half of all public schools are failing federal standards this year, marking the largest failing rate since the launch of No Child Left Behind.
According to the report, a whopping 48% of schools failed.
Many believe that these numbers are a referendum on the problematic and inefficient nature of the No Child Left Behind law, and advocate for waivers and increased flexibility as a means of accounting for the differences and nuances of public education in each particular state.
And of course, many feel we should just rewrite the law entirely.
“‘Whether it’s 50 percent, 80 percent or 100 percent of schools being incorrectly labeled as failing, one thing is clear: No Child Left Behind is broken,’ Duncan said in a statement Wednesday. ‘That’s why we’re moving forward with giving states flexibility from the law in exchange for reforms that protect children and drive student success.’
State’s scores varied wildly. For example, in Georgia, 27 percent of schools did not meet targets, compared to 81 percent in Massachusetts and 16 percent in Kansas.
That’s because some states have harder tests or have high numbers of immigrant and low-income children, center officials said. It’s also because the law requires states to raise the bar each year for how many children must pass the test, and some states put off the largest increase until this year to avoid sanctions.
The numbers indicate what federal officials have been saying for more than a year – that the law, which is four years overdue for a rewrite, is ‘too crude a measure’ to accurately depict what’s happening in schools, said Jack Jennings, president of the Washington, D.C.-based center. An overhaul of the law has become mired in the partisan atmosphere in Congress, with lawmakers disagreeing over how to fix it.”
Is it time for a serious overhaul of No Child Left Behind?
What will happen to Public Education if we don’t?
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