03 July 2008

States Techniques Under NCLB

In what can be seen as a positive move away from centralized control of public schools, six states have received approval to use their own techniques when dealing with schools who fail to meet requirements under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Yahoo News reports that Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland and Ohio will be able to exercise discretion for schools who miss the mark.

Some of the proposals make sense. For instance, Florida plans to pair “low-performing students” with “teachers who have experience teaching similar students successfully.” Some others are a bit frightening from a teacher’s point of view (and probably a student’s as well). Indiana plans to have “testing throughout the year to catch academic weak spots.”

This leniency is part of a “pilot program” to try to refine NCLB. Eleven states applied to be part of the program, but were rejected. Those states that were chosen will be studied for informational purposes so that NCLB can be refined.

One would think, given the time it takes time to see results (at least one school year), that this pilot program might have been started earlier. I would suspect that we’ll not see any changes to NCLB – at least none resulting from this pilot program – for three or four years. In that time, legislators at the federal level will probably take another hack at laws centralizing control of public schools. Then the process will have to begin again. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.


Jack N said...

It's a shame that the public school system is a lab rat project orchestrated by the manipulators in the federal government..

Bob M. said...

Jack, I agree. And as strange as this may sound, I think that public schools should be projects...but ones orchestrated by local government.

Happy 4th.

Bob M.