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Five Years of No Child Left Behind

January 8, 2007

Five years ago today President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program was enacted, making sweeping changes in how schools, teachers and students would measure success. 100 national education, civil rights, religious and disability groups are calling on the new Congress to overhaul the law. They say the law relies too much on high-stakes testing, and doesn't provide enough funding. Monty Neill is with one of those organizations, Fair Test:

"We need a system that focuses on helping schools build their capacity to educate all children well, instead of labeling and punishing schools, which is what we do now."

Supporters of "No Child Left Behind" say it provides accountability for public schools. According to Linda Nelson, president of the Iowa State Education Association, the program was started with good intentions but had unintended consequences, such as narrowing the focus on what schools are teaching.

"It counts on math and reading and so there has been a greater focus on those two areas at the expense of having less of arts and science."

Nelson says the program doesn't need to be scrapped, instead it needs better funding and more flexibility in how schools measure student success.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA