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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