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.