Essay sample - Education Administration - No Child Left Behind

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This essay describes the impacts and consequances of the law known as the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act. The researcher focuses on analyzing the government’s responsibility in public education, the improvement of flexibility and local control that were established…

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This essay discusses a law known as the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act of 2001 that President Bush accepted on Jan. 8, 2002. This new act is a main topic of the essay and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Act encompasses many comprehensive amendments for all public school districts in the state. The act encourages four improvement principles that were discussed by the researcher. First is to improve responsibility for the outcome of academic tests. Next is the improvement of flexibility and local control. It also provides an increased number of options for parents. Lastly it stresses on proven teaching techniques. The phrase, "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) has become a slogan for the federal scheme to increase "accountability" in American education. But despite the fact that NCLB is a federal plan, it will be up to the individual countries to make the plans and procedures that accomplish NCLB requirements. The researcher deeply analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the Act for teachers, for students, for communities and for the United States. It has good effects and bad effects. These programs have helped in preparing good teachers. However, the teachers have a mental stress about their performance because if they are not performing according to the standards strict action would be taken against them. To conclude, the researcher expresses his opinion on the topic, that the act is quite effective in producing quality education for the children.
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