Report says US has been outperformed by a majority of advanced industrial nations as well as some less-developed nations since bill was passed in 2001
It’s been almost 15 years since the US Congress passed the much-derided No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education reform bill in an effort to improve American students’ international competitiveness in reading and math, which had been falling for quite some time.
The NCLB is most infamous for its stringent standardized testing requirements through which schools whose students failed to show progress over two years could face significant sanctions – including state takeovers or being made into private charter schools. It also included provisions requiring that all teachers have a bachelor’s degree in the field they were teaching and a state certification.
But though the law established a federal framework, the implementation of the federal education reform law was largely left to the states, many of whom experimented in different ways. And, though NCLB focused on using student assessments to determine and, hopefully, improve student achievement, the often unpopular testing regimens and continuing dissatisfaction with the public education system led to other reforms in some states, many driven by political or ideological concerns.
None of them, the group found, have worked on a national scale.
On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of legislators from the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) declared in a new report that the reform efforts of states in the wake of NCLB had been unsuccessful.