President calls NCLB policy rigid, underfunded, ineffective
| Mar 15, 2011
No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era law mandating standardized testing as a measure of school success, is not working and needs to be reformed. This was the thrust of a speech by President Barack Obama, who repeated, "We have to fix No Child Left Behind" five times while speaking at a Virginia middle school on Monday.
The president argued that while the goals of NCLB — higher standards, teacher accountability and closing the achievement gap — are good ones, the policy, which imposes sanctions on schools that fall short of its set standards, is too rigid, underfunded and ineffective. He pointed out that, under the current system, 80% of U.S. schools are labeled as failing, including schools that are making remarkable progress. Read the article by Cynthia Gordy at NPR online.