Instead of closing gaps and providing opportunities for all students...
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a federal law that provides money for extra educational assistance for poor children in return for improvements in their academic progress.
The NCLB policy disproportionately hurts inner city schools and leaves them with less funding
This policy forces teachers to "teach the test" and strips any creativity and individuality of the teaching style.
I used to love teaching until all I was supposed to do was prepare for the tests.
Due to these inequalities critics have argued that the Act has done little to increase student performance and address the issues it sought to fix
I just came to the United States and learned English six months ago. My native language is Spanish. It's difficult for me to pass the standard tests when I struggle to read the prompts.
Furthermore, critics say that it is unrealistic to expect learning disabled students and non-English speaking students to pass the test.
I have dyslexia and standard tests are challenging. My brain functions in a different way and I can't articulate my thoughts as quickly as others.
The NCLB act punishes schools rather than providing assistance, and that it promotes privatization of education. The federal government implements mandates that schools must follow but does not allocate any funding for doing so. (education.findlaw.com)
The NCLB policy does not provide adequate funding for schools that do not meet the requirements.