#FeedbackFriday – How would YOU re-write NCLB?

To the dismay of many, Congress is currently re-writing No Child Left Behind, also known as NCLB. This is the federal law that governs Title 1 programs amongst other areas of federal education funding. So on this #FeedbackFriday we’re asking, if you were a member of congress, how would you re-write NCLB? What would you include or remove? Would you start over from scratch or just tweak the parts of the law you feel are not working. I’m particularly interested in comments from educators, who have been at odds with this law since the day President George W. Bush signed it into law in 2001.

In case you want to learn more about NCLB and it’s provisions, click here.

So tell me – if empowered to do so, how would you re-write NCLB? And don’t worry about lengthy answers, this topic deserves serious conversation.

Joanna Walls
Joanna Walls
joanna.walls@franklinfound.org

<p>Joanna Walls a mother to a young son. She believes in the importance of early childhood education and access to a quality education for children regardless of their socioeconomic status. </p> <p>A graduate of Bryn Mawr University and Capella University where she received her Masters Degree in Business Administration, Joanna has spent her career helping others. She worked as a social worker in some of Philadelphia’s most depressed neighborhood before transitioning into Human Resources.</p>

  • Endre Walls

    I would start over from scratch, and change some of the philosophy behind the law. I’d remover the carrots that require states to abide by federally set goals simply because I think guidelines not standards will produce better and more innovative results.

    I would quadruple the funding, providing a set level (around $7,500) per student. States and municipalities would split the rest of the cost lowering property tax burdens and putting more people closer to the American Dream.

    I’d lose the idea of standardized tests the way they are today opting for a more sensible system of student assessments and professional evaluations for teachers that involve in-classroom evaluations and peer grading systems. Teachers cannot be evaluated from a test…and assessments for students have to give us more than a score against a median.

  • Fuzziness

    For starters I would get rid of standardized tests as a requirement. Kids are way too bogged down with stress because of those tests that don’t even tell you anything about how well your kid is learning.