At Least 27 States Ditching No Child Left Behind
Arne Duncan says he's encouraging them to do so
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2011 2:18 PM CDT
Arne Duncan meets with People for the American Way Foundation's Young Elected Officials Network at the Washington Court Hotel on June 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It’s been a week since Barack Obama offered to let states out of No Child Left Behind's strictest provisions, and states are jumping to take him up on it. At least 27 states have already told the administration they’re opting out, and most of the rest are still considering it, MSNBC reports. To earn a waiver states must adopt higher standards in some areas than the law requires, but most have already done so.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he’s actively encouraging states to opt out. “It’s far too punitive, far too prescriptive,” he explained. It “led to a narrowing of the curriculum. None of those things are good for children.” In a sign of just how unpopular the 2002 law is, few critics of Obama’s move to kill it have emerged; in a January poll, 53% said No Child needed “major revisions,” while another 21% wanted it eliminated entirely.

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Oct 1, 2011 12:32 PM CDT
We MUST erase all scraps and signs of Clinton from our Government. Kudos!!!
Sep 30, 2011 8:37 PM CDT
The results of one end-of -the-year fill in the bubble test never should have been the measure of a child's education or the evaluation of a teacher. As a teacher of 19 years, my view is that NCLB policies have led to a decline in the quality of education. My view is not unique. Ask a public school teacher whose school has not made AYP standards how often they are now having to give tests to prepare students for "The Test". In fact I would urge every tax paying citizen to go into a low performing school and observe a few classes. Really observe with your own eyes the challenges before you make a judgment about so called "failing" schools. I know the intentions of NCLB were good. We never should give up on subgroups of children whether they have special needs or come from poor backgrounds. But we've gone to an extreme. Imagine a common scenario: A third grade teacher has several students entering her class on a Preprimer reading level. These students end the year on a second grade level. Is that not progress that the teacher and students should be proud of? Maybe they don't pass tests given on a third grade level, but was that a reasonable expectation to begin with? Are teachers to accept responsibility for all a student lacks? A whole lot of factors play into why students arrive well below grade level standards. Students and parents get a free pass? We need to define reasonable goals for students and teachers. The only fair way to evaluate students and their teachers is to assess the growth students' make. As the situation currently stands we are creating generation of children that believe school equals another day of taking multiple choice tests. We have turned kids off to learning and this is sad. I'll be very surprised to learn of any state that doesn't apply for a waiver.
Sep 30, 2011 5:45 PM CDT
"No child left behind" seem to take the approach, that if no child move child would be left behind....