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Interesting NCLB Development

April 5, 2007

Was led to this article via Blog Juice for Educational Technology, “Secretary Spellings Announces New Regulations to More Accurately Assess Students With Disabilities.”  The first paragraph really rattle me:

“Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today announced new regulations under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) allowing states to test certain students with disabilities using an alternate assessment that more appropriately aligns with students’ needs and yields more meaningful results for schools and parents. The new regulations provide states and schools with greater flexibility by allowing them to more accurately evaluate these students’ academic progress and tailor instruction based on individual needs.”

What struck me was why should we be doing this just for kids with an identified disability?  Wouldn’t this be something that would be a benefit for all students?  If we truly want “No Child Left Behind”, shouldn’t we adopt this sort of attitude with all kids rather than just the ones with an identified disability?  I guess I just have a problem with the government giving millions of dollars to states to develop these test when not enough money is given to align with NCLB in the first place.  Plus, we have regular ed kids that could use this same consideration but because they don’t have an identified disability, they don’t qualify for this consideration.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2007 2:51 am

    With NCLB in so much trouble Secretary Spellings announced effectively that students with disabilities would be eligible to participate in essentially dummied down tests thereby making the NCLB assessment numbers look better than they actually are. The evidence is overwhelming that the NCLB policies are shortsighted, have little impact on student achievement, and has set the bar so unrealistically high that by 2014 no school will be anything other than classified as failing. What a policy!

  2. Angie permalink*
    April 6, 2007 9:47 pm

    Roger, I agree. My colleagues and I have always said that it is impossible to leave “No Child Left Behind” because each child learns at a different pace and in different ways. To push everyone into a one size fits all, as NCLB has done, is unrealistic as most critics have always said. This definitely shows NCLB’s shortcomings. I hope that our government will look at this when the time comes to continue NCLB.

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