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No Child Left Behind Act Turns "Five" - NY Kids May Be Left Behind

January 8, 2007

The "No Child Left Behind Act" turns five today, and the anniversary finds tens of thousands of New York school children taking a test they may not be ready for. Maria Neira with New York State United Teachers say the act will require 60,000 newly arrived immigrant school children to take a test that most will not pass.

"English language learners will be, for the first time, sitting for what we consider an unfair test; we're talking about students who have been here a year and a day."

Neira says it takes up to seven years for immigrant students to learn the kinds of language skills you need to pass standardized tests. She adds that under the current rules, "No Child Left Behind" packs an unfair combination of punches that work against the interests of New York School children.

"The lack of appropriate funding and the inappropriate sanctions, punishing schools and blaming schools as opposed to looking at ways of helping schools to turn themselves around."

Stan Karp with the think tank Rethinking Schools says "No Child Left Behind" is part of a fundamental and troubling shift in the way this administration views the government's role in education.

"Historically, federal education policy has been about expanding access for kids with disabilities or integration, but now we have federal policies supporting experiments in privatization and attacking public education instead of supporting it."

President Bush intends to press for renewal of his "No Child Left Behind Act," but more than 100 groups are calling on the new Congress to make major changes, including more funding and less reliance on tests.

Kids in Grades 3-5 take the test today while grades 6-8 take the test next week.

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY