What's Wrong with No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and What You Can Do to Change It
Resources from FairTest on ESSA
- FairTest opposes US Department of Education's harmful draft regulations on accountability, calls on test reformers to submit Comments to DoE and contact their Members of Congress. See the action alert, FairTest comment (PDF), the letter to Congress here.
Resources from FairTest on NCLB
October 2015: Independent Test Results Show NCLB Fails
January 2015: FEA Recommendations for Improving Federal Law
FairTest chairs the Forum on Educational Accountability, which has released core recommendations for ESEA/NCLB reauthorization here.
See Failing Our Children, Fairtest's NCLB Report
The movement to overhaul "No Child Left Behind" accelerates; over 150 national education, civil rights, religious, disability, Labor & civic groups representing more than 50 million members urge replacing failed test-score sanctions with systematic reforms via the the joint statement sent to Congress calling for major changes in No Child Left Behind Law; FairTest convened this alliance. See the press release in Text or PDF
- In "From the Frying Pan to the Fire While Adding Gasoline," FairTest responds to the Administration's dangerous "flexibility" proposals to change NCLB.
- A slide show of basic facts about Duncan's AYP waiver plan and the Senate HELP bill reauthorizing ESEA
FairTest comments on US Education Department's "Race to the Top Assessment Program" hearing in Boston on Nov. 12.
- See oral remarks in text or PDF.
- See detailed comments (including oral remarks) in PDF.
The more detailed comments FairTest has submitted to the Department of Education can be found at http://fairtest.org/sites/default/files/FT_Detailed_Comments_RTTT_Draft_Guidelines.pdf.
- Questions for Arne Duncan, Nominee for Secretary of Education
- NCLB will cause 70-100 percent of schools to fail.
See numbers and recommended solutions to this crisis.
- The September 2008 issue of Peacework focues on education activism, providing a rich set of resources for parents, educators, students and other activists. FairTest's Monty Neill's lead article focuses on overhauling federal law (at http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/beyond-no-child-left-behind)
- See FairTest's Reaction To Sec. Spellings "Differentiated Accountability" Plan
UPDATED- April 2008: See FairTest's report on What The Presidential Candidates Say About NCLB
Watch as FairTest Executive Director Monty Neill discusses NCLB and testing at a Chicago forum, with group conversation;
Growing Resistance to "No Child Left Behind" A piece by FairTest's Monty Neill in the December 2006 issue of The Pulse - District Administration's Website.
"Overhauling NCLB" Monty Neill's article in Rethinking Schools discusses mobilizing for an education law that actually improves schools.
See FairTest's Reaction to a National Gallup poll on No Child Left Behind published in a recent edition ofPhi Delta Kappan(web pdf)2005 NAEP Results show NCLB is not spurring improvement.
Notes on the Recent NAEP Test Results by FairTest's Monty Neill.
Urban NAEP Scores Again Show Test-Driven Education Fails To Aid Neediest Students - FairTest news release
Don't Mourn, Organize: Making lemonade from NCLB Lemons, by FairTest's Monty Neill, in Rethinking Schools (Fall 2003) http://www.rethinkingschools.org/special_reports/bushplan/nclb181.shtmlSee this summary of what "improvement" on tests means for schools under the new Federally Mandated Testing Plan.The federal government has issued rules that will govern state assessment programs under Title I of the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
See the ESEA draft Rules and a brief comment from FairTest.See FairTest's summary of the new elementary and secondary education act and its impact on students and schools.
See FairTest's detailed analysis of the education bill highlighting problems, benefits, and potential ways methods of more authentic accountability than standardized testing could fulfill the bills requirements.
FairTest's analysis of the impact of the new law on testing in Massachusetts
Issues and Arguments on the Federally Mandated Testing Plan
For information on the problems with the new ESEA reauthorization see the following pieces:
See FairTest's article on NCLB on the Tom Paine website
Winter 01-02 FairTest Examiner piece on the passage of the Federally Mandated Testing Plan titled Dangerous Legislation: Congress Reauthorizes ESEA.
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