No Child Left Behind/ESEA
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the current incarnation of Lyndon Johnson's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), established goals that everyone supports: high standards and accountability for the learning of all children. But NCLB's test-and-punish approach does not move us toward those goals.
NCLB is now up for reauthorization by Congress and the debate is heating up. The Obama Administration has a blueprint for reauthorization that NEA believes has significant problems and raises serious concerns. Of particular concern are a continued reliance on test scores as a means of categorizing schools and evaluating teachers and an emphasis on troubling school turnaround models.
NEA has developed guidelines for changing the law so it helps schools improve education and close achievement gaps. We encourage Congress to listen to educators' voices in developing the new law.