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NCLB Confidential


How well do you know the No Child Left Behind Act? Standardized testing, "highly qualified" teachers, and "adequate yearly progress" might be familiar terms in an educator's lexicon these days. But what about the parental involvement mandate? This Edutopia article sheds more light on the lesser known requirements of the federal law.


In the middle of my first year at a K-12 school in rural Alaska I find myself ready to be fired from my job because this school is next year to be AYP 5. I have taught in this district for 21 years and consider myself "highly qualified" to teach most of the classes I teach. I understand that in Alaska there are 192 schools that are in the same boat (AYP 5) and this would mean there would be approximately 1,000 teachers looking for jobs elsewhere. It seems ludicrous to think these positions could be filled with our University system capable of producing about 20 certified teachers per semester, and a shortage of teachers looking for work in Alaska. Not only that but this particular school has had over 60% turnover for the last 20 years because of the social problems in the village. I would argue that one reason the school is AYP 4 this year is a combination of alcohol and teacher turnover NOT as a result of poor teachers being in the same place too long. It is shortsighted of the NCLB law to think that replacing staff is the answer to a problem that may need the exact opposite.

After reading this article, I am reminded just how broad and unrealistic NCLB truly is. Ideally, all these stipulations of highly qualified teachers and parental involvment seem great. However, I work in a title one school and implementing programs for parents seems useless as many are not involved in their child's academic life. Many of my parents believe it my job to educate their child and they have no role in this process. I have many parents who I meet only once face to face a year. I hope many parts of NCLB are reevaluated in 2007.

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