"No Child Left Behind" Leaving Children Behind?

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Could the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001 actually be leaving children further behind? Researcher and professor, Robert Croninger, Ph.D. says in modern schools there is more emphasis placed on test results, rather than professional standards for teaching and learning.

Monday evening, at the Florida State University School of Medicine Auditorium, state officials, teachers and members of the local community gathered to hear why. Croninger says he has spent four years researching how elementary school students respond to the pressures of high stakes testing.

"One of the things we've been questioning is how's it affecting life in schools. Is it actually creating environments that we find acceptable for children and students? And is it really creating the pedagogical outcomes that we really want to see?" said Croninger.

In addition to his research, Croninger is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. FSU says his research focuses on how education policies and practices shape the educational experiences of elementary and secondary students, particularly students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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  • by shari Location: michigan on Dec 5, 2008 at 08:06 AM
    My child was in spcial ed all throught his school coreer he had a,b,c now that he is in 10th grade and in the no child left behind he is failing all his classes
  • by Dana Location: GA on Dec 3, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    I totally agree with JUSWONDERIN. Each year the test get harder, the teachers get told by their administrators "send them to me when they don't do the work". When that happens, either the principal isn't on campus, he is in a meeting, or just sends them back to the teacher with the word "warning" written on the discipline slip-but the work still isn't done. Closer to the end of the day, the student is sent back,a parent is might get called,and then just gives excuses for why the child is not doing anything however,they still refuse to let their child have any disciplinary action taken. Then, the next day, meetings are scheduled and teachers are told to assign less work.Something must change right now-the teachers have NO CONTROL OR RESPECT with 80% of the students they teach!! The parents are excuse-makers and enabling their children to think that being dumb is just fine.I have never agreed with this thought process,neither did my parents.WE know that jail is where non-thinkers end up!
  • by juswonderin Location: everywhere on Dec 2, 2008 at 03:01 PM
    Since intergration, school standards have continued to be lowered, so low now, it is a wonder anyone can read. And yet people still complain about tests!
  • by stunned disbelief on Dec 2, 2008 at 01:36 PM
    they're leaving them ALL behind because they've dropped the curve for everyone. the implication is that kids are so stupid today, they can't learn, so rather than keeping the standards high and making them learn and achieve, we've left the teacher's with no authority to teach. My kids are both grown, but they weren't left behind because I MADE THEM WORK FOR IT! if the parents are only going to make excuses for the kids and the teacher's no longer have the power to control, then we're all going to be left behind. practical education is gone. the days of reading, writing, and rithmatic are long gone. kids now days can't spell anything that isn't an abrevation for a text message or IM. roflmao and idk are not spelling words. give these kids the ability to make decisions and follow thru with them. My kids learned very early on, you better never tell me you don't know. You'll be sitting in your room until you do. we've allowed the cop outs. I hope the "time out" crowd is happy!!!
  • by Tim on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    The school system has become a joke, the teachers let the computers and books do the teaching. I had to teach each of my kids more than the school did. The system has continued to lower standards so a "few" would feel better about themselves and lowered standards at universities. The kids study for a semester to pass the FCAT in which the standards were lowered to pass more kids. Just lower them some more and keep protecting teachers (Union) that need to be fired. I so glad my kids are out and feel sorry for those who have to deal with politics and bullcrap of the system.
  • by raw Location: tally on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    This is what happens when you take money from education and move it to build more prisons! This is what happens when you take control from the teachers and parents do nothing! This is what happens when you have class size amendments and yet have to teach the same class in two different languages! I'm Glad I will have my child taught up north where the education is "more" better.
  • by grandmother Location: wakulla on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    I have a grandchild in 1st grade and the homework stinks. All that is going on is FCAT. What happened reading.
  • by GA MOM on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    We tried to get our child held back for 2 years because we did not feel that he ready to advance to the next grade but we were told that because he passed the CRCT that we could not hold him back. Finally on the 3rd year of request we were able to hold him back and this has been his best year so far. Just because a child can pass a test doesnt mean they should automatically be advanced. Parents if you know your child needs to be held back, you have the right to go before the board and "beg" for your child. It took us 3 years but we finally did it.
  • by Evey Location: Tally on Dec 2, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    I know a public school child that was privately tested and he is two grades behind his current grade and they keep passing him because he just makes it on the FCAT. The school does not seem to care that he is two grades behind, but only want to say they are doing good on the FCAT. I'm sure there are a lot of parents with children in this scenario. If you decide to have children, then you better get a teaching degree as well because you will have to be parent and be able to teach your kids the stuff that they aren't being taught in school. Somehow, these kids are just suppose to know it from year to year. Ask any teacher and they will tell you that they know the current system isn't working, but their hands are tied! They can't worry about the kids that don't get the lessons this week, because next week they have to move on so that they can say they covered everything for the TEST!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    these kids need to eb doing more homework!!!! I had so much homework growing up you might as well thought i was in college already in the 6th grade!!! THere is nothing wrong with extra work to put kids ahead! Keeps the out of trouble at least until they finish it right!?
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