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JackDragna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 11:14 PM
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12. Even more than that..
The NCLB act has two major asinine components. The first is the way it handles grouping students in schools. NCLB recognizes nine specific subgroups, including a number of minority groups, children that don't know English well and so on. If there are more than ten eligible members of a subgroup in your school, then your school is considered to have that subgroup. No subgroup in your school can perform at the unsatisfactory level: if they do, your school catches hell.

The real problem comes in when arraging individual students in the groups. A single student can be a member of more than one group. So, for example, if there were a black, learning disabled limited-English speaking student in a school that performed poorly, that student would drag down the performance of three different subgroups.

The second idiotic component comes from treating all students the same as far as testing goes. It makes no difference how many students with learning disabilities you have in your schools, what the average socio-economic level of your school is and so forth: everyone takes the same test. Only those with moderate-to-severe mental defects are exempt. What does that mean? Many people in special education will have to perform as well as the general student body.

Oh, a third thing I just now mentioned: by 2011, all schools will have to have 100% of their students getting "satisfactory" results on their test scores.
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