Home > News> Response to "NCLB Weapons of Public Education Destruction" by Sue Whitney (May 30, 2003)
Note: 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.
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:
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.
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