The No child left behind act has been a big issues ever since its establishment in 2009 by President George Bush. There has been cry by some parents for the law to be repeal because they feel it is creating more problem for the educational system. However, critical analysis of the situation of the students grades by comparing the period before and after the establishment of No child left behind will show that the law has brought tremendous improvement in our education and need to stay.
Education is the bedrock of any great nation, as a result we cannot ignore it when there is
crisis in that sector. This is because once there is a problem in the educational sector of a country
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While Hammond see it as one of the reasons why the No child left behind act
was establish, in her words “to close the gap achievement gap that parallel race distinctions”
(Hammond 2006).The alarming rate at which schools from poor neighborhood which are
predominantly minority perform worse than their counterpart from other schools call for
concern. These will create problem of income inequality, unrest and calls of marginalization in
future. This is one of the reason the No child left behind act was establish, to make quality
teachers available to these schools by providing incentives for then to teach in minority schools.
According to Cronin, Kingsbury, McCall and Bowe in their report “In general, we found that
average mathematics score of the fall 2003 group has improved over the average score of the fall
of 2001......, African-American, Hispanic and Native America students posted the largest gain”
(Cronin, Kingsbury, McCall & Bowe, 2005).Viadero also state in her report that “Over the same
period, it adds, reading scores have improved among 4th and 5th graders in 15 of the 23 states
studied, and achievement gaps between minority and white students have begun to shrink in a
number of them” (Viadero,2004).These reports show to a great extent that the No child left
behind act is actually working and addressing the problems of the large gap average scorers and
low scorers among our students.
Over the years these two Mathematics and Reading has been used to measure student
ability to do well in other subjects. The improvement in test scores in Mathematics and Reading
is the primary policy goal of the No child left behind act. If a student can do well in both subjects
there is high tendency the student can perform well in other subjects. As a result emphasis is
place on these two subjects in the No child left behind act. Since the inception of the No child
left behind act there have been significant improvement in grades. These was supported by the
result of the report by Cronin, Kingsbury, McCall and Bowe. The report stated that “The
differences in performance scores observed in this study would indicate that school systems have
achieved some improvement in performance since the beginning of NCLB. In mathematics, the
improvement in performance was substantial. Fall 2003 results were better than fall 2001 results
in every grade with a weighted average improvement of .72 RIT points” (Cronin, Kingsbury,
McCall &Bowe, 2005). These kind of significant performance is one of the reason the No child
left behind needs to be defended in congress by everyone.