No Child Left Behind

Is it really No Child Left Behind
Ashlee Ann Shell
Axia College of University of Phoenix
COM 220 Research Writing
Pamela Mccluney
November 16, 2010
Is it really No Child Left Behind

The purposed of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is to ensure that all children are successful in the public school system. The success of public school children is guaranteed through an increased accountability of schools and is measured by standardized tests, which are administered by the schools. However, ensuring that no child is ever left behind is a utopian idea, and the NCLB has not been as successful as lawmakers had hoped when enacting the federal law. The No Child Left Behind Act has failed because statistics can be manipulated, special education students are left behind, and schools teach a narrow curriculum.
The No Child Left Behind Act or NCLB is a six hundred and seventy page amendment to Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 or ESEA of 1965. Through the NCLB funding for schools are now done by a complex formula. If the state wishes to receive financial help, they must submit the proper assessments with a learning plan. With the data collected from multiple agencies and the funds from Congress the determined amount is calculated for each state. With the NCLB also comes a huge change in curriculum.   “Promoting school wide reform and ensuring the access of children to effect scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content.”   (Congress, 2002) The achievement gap between low-income schools and high-income school is going to be eliminated and one goal is set for the American education system.  
The NCLB...