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to "NCLB Weapons of Public Education
Destruction" by Sue Whitney
Congress has reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA), the statute formerly known as No Child Left
Behind. The new statute, Every Student Succeeds Act, was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015.
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.
letter was published in EducationNews on May 30 and is reproduced
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.
would like to set the record straight.
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.
fact, the law includes this following statement:
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)
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 Manchester, 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
strategies for using federal education standards to advocate for
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
Committee on the Education of Students/Children with Disabilities
has been a volunteer educational surrogate parent. She currently works with families as a special education advocate.
© 2002-2018 by Suzanne Whitney.