The plan is that if you have a student doing poorly that they will not be pushed through to the next grade. The incorporation of standardized testing accomplishes this goal by testing students to see if they are performing at "grade level." This of course exposes grade inflation by individual teachers and shows which schools are teaching poorly.
So no child is left behind intellectually, but is encouraged to perform at grade level before being promoted to the next grade. So they may be left behind physically in a lower grade than their age appropriate peers, but not intellectually.
EDIT: Schools are not shut down if they perform poorly. They are comandeered by the government and many (drastic) changes are made for the educational welfare of the students.
The No Child Left behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was signed into law on January 8, 2002 by President Bush. The Act represents the President's education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since it was enacted in 1965. NCLB Changes the federal government's role in K-12 education by focusing on school success as measured by student achievement. The Act also contains the President's four basic education reform principles:› stronger accountability for results, › increased flexibility and local control,› expanded options for parents, and› an emphasis on teaching methods that have› been proven to work.
Schools with economically disadvantaged students (Title I schools) that do not make sufficient progress toward these state-set progress goals for two consecutive years are identified for improvement, and students attending such schools are given the option of transferring to better-performing public schools. Students from low-income families attending schools identified for improvement for two or more years may obtain supplemental educational services, such as tutoring and other academic assistance, from state approved public- or private-sector providers, with costs paid by the school district.
no child left behind was the country's way of making sure that every child was able to get a good education. the way I understand it, every school has to report the grades of their students on standardized tests. if the test results show that students in the school are doing poorly, then the school gets closed down, and the kids go to a school that is making better progress on grades, because they think that it will result in the kids with poor grades getting higher grades.
It means that if the children in a school are doing poorly, they'll shut the school down or decrease their funding.
Smart, isnt it? ;_;
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