Archive for the ‘NCLB’ Category

EDCI 506: Legal Issue in Education

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

cuomo

 

 

In the past few years we have heard a lot about the No Child Left Behind act. This year, states are trying to put even more pressure on teachers by having their evaluations contribute to the overall accountability of the students, the student’s test scores and the school system as a whole. However, New York has submitted into a court a motion stating that the “State cannot withhold aid to city schools over teach evaluation impasse”.

New York state officials had demanded that city schools in New York come up with a plan for evaluation public school teachers. Gov. Cuomo had told New York public education that he would withhold $260 million if they could not develop a plan for evaluating the public school teachers. The New York teacher’s union was unable to develop a plan by the January 17th deadline and therefore the Governor was reluctant to give the hefty federal grant to the school systems.

It was stated by the judge that “’innocent children, particularly the neediest among them, could be hurt by financial cuts’” (Baker, 2013). This can be tied back to the 1975 cause of Goss vs. Lopez in which the Supreme Court rules that students had a legal right to education, and that “students had a property interest in their education that could not be taken away”(Ornstein 2011). This is most likely why the Judge in New York ruled against the withholding of the grant. Students would inherently be impacted, whether they were unable to pay for student’s lunches, or supplies for the classroom. It would end up doing more bad than good.

A lawyer who filed the class action suit stated that the judge’s decision” is a substantial victory for all of New York City’s students”. Now the students will not need to worry about being able to eat lunch or not having a textbook for their class. A chairwoman of the State Assembly’s education committee also commented saying that “no one should ever use formula-drive aid to punish kids”, you can tell that the main concern was for the well-being of the children who attend New York public schools. (Baker, 2013)

 

Resources:

Baker, A. (2013, February 21). Judge says state cannot withhold aid to city school’s over teacher evaluation impasse. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/nyregion/ny-state-cannot-withhold-aid-to-city-schools-judge-says.html?ref=education&_r=1&

(n.d.). Retrieved from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1a/Andrew_Cuomo_by_Pat_Arnow.jpeg/1160px-Andrew_Cuomo_by_Pat_Arnow.jpeg

Ornstein, A., Levine, D., & Gutek, G. (2011). Foundations of Education. (11ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

EDCI 506 Blog 5: Governing and Administering

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

NCLB

The No Child Left Behind Act has been a huge legislative move on the government part in order to make school districts and teachers accountable for the way their students perform on a standardized test.  In my beliefs this is not an accurate or positive way to showcase how well students understand material, or how well a teacher taught a subject.  The NCLB ends up putting more stress onto the students and teachers.  As mentioned in the video case, teachers and principals alike have several issues with the NCLB.  First off, the act puts a great amount of stress on the students, giving them little, if any, wiggle room to focus on other material that could potentially help the students understand a subject better.  The score of the standardized test does not take into account the issues that a students may be going through (homeless, divorced parents, assault, etc) which could affect the student and how they performed on the test that given day.  The score neglects any other pivotal information, such as how well the student had progressed from the beginning of the year until the end.  Perhaps the student was able to improve their overall grade by 10 points from the first nine weeks to the fourth nine weeks, the students explains that he or she understands the material.  However, the student is not good at taking tests, he or she gets nervous and is unable to score a 400 or better on the SOL.  Even though this student made such progress throughout the year, it does not matter in the eyes of the state because he or she was not able to “understand” the material according to the state requirements. All in all I do not believe that the NCLB will last for much longer. I do think that school systems should be held accountable but the test only score is not the way to make a school accountable, in the end this will make future generations not want to become a teacher because of all the red-tape and issues they would have to deal with.

The main concept I got from watching the video was teamwork.  The principals and experienced teachers could not emphasize working as a team enough to the intern.  They repeatedly told the intern to look for a mentor teacher, communicate with the teachers and administrative staff in order to get help.  I think that having a strong support system and help when need is absolutely pivotal to being able to manage a child with a learning disability in your classroom.  A mentor teacher and reading/math specialist would be able to help you more than ever.  They would be able to share with you their experiences and how they believe you should approach certain subjects and topics.  Having this system would allow for myself to be more at ease and comfortable with having a child in my class with a learning disability.  I would want a mentor or experienced teacher there to help me understand the IEP, or show me ways that I can include the student without make it more of an issue of their learning.

Sources:

Ornstein, A., Levine, D., & Gutek, G. (2011). Foundations of education. Belmont, Ca: Wadsworth.

(n.d.). Ncbl.  [Print Photo]. Retrieved from classroom.brenhamisd.net