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Response to "NCLB Weapons of Public Education Destruction" by Sue Whitney

 

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Note: On May 29, 2003, EducationNews featured an Op/Ed article entitled "NCLB Weapons of Public Education Destruction. This article included inaccuracies about retention, high-stakes testing, and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Research editor Sue Whitney wrote a letter to set the record straight. Her letter was published in EducationNews on May 30 and is reproduced below:

Mr. Pryzbyla spoke against the use of retention and high stakes testing in his May 29 article, "NCLB Weapons of Public Education Destruction." I agree that these practices are not educationally sound. I disagree that they are required by the No Child Left Behind Act.

I would like to set the record straight.

The tests required by the No Child Left Behind Act are designed to test the success of schools, not to test or punish individual students. The sanctions mandated in No Child Left Behind are directed at schools that fail to teach students. No Child Left Behind does not include any sanctions for students or groups of students.

In fact, the law includes this following statement:

"CONSTRUCTION: Nothing in this part shall be construed to prescribe the use of the academic assessments described in this part for student promotion or graduation purposes." Title I, Part A, Subpart 1, 20 U.S.C. Section 6311 (l)

Some states are choosing to use retention and exit exams to hold children back. These decisions are choices made by the states. These are poor choices, but they are not required or recommended by the No Child Left Behind Act.


Sue Whitney Heath
Research Editor, Wrightslaw.com
Email: sueheath | at | wrightslaw.com


Meet Sue Whitney

Sue Whitney of Merrimack, New Hampshire, is the research editor for Wrightslaw.

Sue is the co-author of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (ISBN: 978-1-892320-12-4) that is published by Harbor House Law Press.

In Doing Your Homework, she writes about reading, research based instruction, No Child Left Behind, and creative strategies for using federal education standards to advocate for children and to improve public schools. Her articles have been reprinted by SchwabLearning.org, EducationNews.org, Bridges4Kids.org, The Beacon: Journal of Special Education Law and Practice, the Schafer Autism Report, and have been used in CLE presentations to attorneys. Sue Whitney's bio.

Sue has served on New Hampshire's Special Education State Advisory Committee on the Education of Students/Children with Disabilities (SAC) and has been a volunteer educational surrogate parent. She currently works with families as a special education advocate.


Copyright © 2002-2014 by Suzanne Whitney.

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