NCLB Tweaks?

Last week, the New York Times carried the news that

The Bush administration, acknowledging that the federal No Child Left Behind law is diagnosing too many public schools as failing, said Tuesday that it would relax the law’s provisions for some states, allowing them to distinguish schools with a few problems from those that need major surgery.

I wondered whether Tennessee would apply to be one of the "up to ten" states allowed to adjust the punitive process, applying resources where they’re most needed.  Saturday’s Tennessean indicates that the state will apply — but that article seems to focus primarily on the special-education component.

It will be interesting to see where this goes.

One Response to “NCLB Tweaks?”

  1. on 24 Mar 2008 at 11:22 am Domestic Psychology

    […] Second, TN may try to have lower standards for special education students under NCLB. Yay and Boo. Parents who are just now entering the special education system with their children are frequently surprised and underwhelmed. No, the system isn’t where it should be. What new parents don’t realize is how very, very far schools have come in the education of students with special needs. From Tommy’s kindergarten class to his senior year has been like going from a log cabin without electricity to the Beverly Hillbillies house with indoor plumbing and a cement pond. We haven’t made it to a NASA lab yet, but we will. Schools should have different goals for different children, but there still needs to be accountability. Without goals and accountability, we risk sliding back to the log cabins. Special needs children should not count as drop-outs or failures if they take until their 22nd birthday to graduate. GEDs should count as successes. Some students will never reach traditional milestones. Give more weight to the goals agreed upon by administrators, teachers and parents at IEPs. Somehow, we must stop using teachers’ scrap booking talents as the measure of a severely disabled student’s progress. Portfolios are too subjective. […]

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