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                No Cow Left Behind

                                       The Other NCLB

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            From time to time, we all need to laugh at our selves and the systems in which we operate. Above to the right is a humorous link on a controversial subject in the United States regarding the accountability of educational standards for all students, teachers, administrators, and schools.            

            Background: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is legislation passed by Congress in the United States in 2001 shortly after President George Bush was inaugurated. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state. Supporters of the NCLB claim one of the strong positive points of the bill is the increased accountability that is required of the schools and its teachers. According to the legislation, schools are required to pass yearly tests that will judge how much improvement the students have made over the fiscal year. These yearly standardized tests are the main research that is used to decide whether schools are living up to the standards that they are required to meet. If these improvements are not met, the schools face decreased funding and other punishments that contribute to the increased accountability. According to supporters, these goals help teachers and schools realize the significance and importance of the educational system and how it affects the nation. Opponents to this law base their objections to the accountability by stating that the punishments only hurt the schools more and do not contribute to the improvement of the students. If the schools and teachers do not live up to the accountability standards, they may choose to move their children to different schools in the area.
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