President Barack Obama announced on Feb. 9 that ten states, including Massachusetts, have been waived from the controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001.
The waiver will allow Massachusetts additional flexibility on certain provisions of NCLB, including the ability to adjust policies for particular schools and districts. (more…)
WASHINGTON — When New Jersey applied to the federal government for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to tout elements of his education reform agenda that had been languishing in the state legislature for months. (more…)
NCLB raised the bar for students, teachers
At the end of the school year, your child comes to you and requests an increase in his or her allowance. You ask, “Where’s your report card? I want to see the job you’ve done this year.” To which your child replies, “Trust me, I did great — just give me the money.” (more…)
As New Jersey’s public education system continues to deal with large budget cuts and political turmoil in Trenton, an additional 209 schools and 18 school districts landed on the federal “needs improvement” list today. (more…)
The Education Department kicked off its first ever “Bullying Summit” this week with a speech by Secretary Arne Duncan about the need “to break the cycle of bullying.”
But if Duncan really wants to stop the biggest bully in America’s schools right now, he’ll have to confront his boss, President Obama. (more…)
March 29, 2010
by Meir Rinde
The Trenton Times
Trenton Central High principal Elizabeth Ramirez had to deal with a minor insurrection this week from a group of seniors who suddenly realized they might not graduate in June.
They were blindsided, she said, by tougher testing the state instituted last year. Those who don’t pass the regular graduation exam can no longer keep taking Special Review Assessments until they pass; those have been replaced by a test given only on a few dates, and in more tightly controlled “test-like” conditions.
“We told the kids, if you don’t pass in April, we can’t give you a diploma,” said Ramirez, who is providing some 200 students with intensive tutoring before the next exam. “We have to be very upfront with the kids, that we’re not playing. This is the real deal. This is your life here.”
March 7, 2010
by Elizabeth Green
The New York Times
ON A WINTER DAY five years ago, Doug Lemov realized he had a problem. After a successful career as a teacher, a principal and a charter-school founder, he was working as a consultant, hired by troubled schools eager — desperate, in some cases — for Lemov to tell them what to do to get better. There was no shortage of prescriptions at the time for how to cure the poor performance that plagued so many American schools. Proponents of No Child Left Behind saw standardized testing as a solution. President Bush also championed a billion-dollar program to encourage schools to adopt reading curriculums with an emphasis on phonics. Others argued for smaller classes or more parental involvement or more state financing.
February 1, 2010
BY LESLIE BRODY
The Obama administration announced Monday it wants to set a higher bar for American students by revamping the controversial education law called No Child Left Behind.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the law was great for exposing the achievement gaps between students from different backgrounds but it was deeply flawed. (more…)