In 2001, No Child Left Behind Act, a national policy legislation for PK-12 schools was enacted to provide more accountability for schools and teachers. Nonetheless, after 12 years of schools working towards meeting standards, more schools are failing to increase student achievement. As a result, more schools are not making Adequately Yearly Process (AYP); and, more consequences and sanctions are administered year after year.
With much perspective in this policy agenda, I wonder what is looming after 2014 when a reauthorization is due. I am a proponent for more accountability and standards; however, the measure of a state standardized test is futile for gauging student success. Student growth from the beginning of the school year to the end of the year is a much better determining factor for assessing student performance.
My suggestion is to add valid and reliable assessment whether it is formal or informal based on the development and growth of students. This will reflect how well teachers are teaching and implementing school curriculum much better than the current assessment of teacher effectiveness. Policy is successful when the agents of the policy have decision-making authority. Now we can statistically state that NCLB legislation was ineffective. Changes to education for the worse could have been alleviated if teachers’ opinions were polled and taken with substantive power. For NCLB’s reauthorization to be successful, teachers’ opinions must be valued and taken deeply in consideration towards any and all new policy affecting schools and teachers.