One aspect of the law I do not like is the SINA provision which lets a family choose another school if they are in a SINA school. I think it was well intentioned, but basically is utilized more be families wanting to choose another demographic rather than families concerned about educational issues.
We have always had standardized testing in our state...well at least since I was a child. I took the same standardized test in a private school that the kids in public schools take. I'm not against some sort of standardized testing to go along with whatever information the school provides about student progress.
I'd definitely say that NCLB didn't do what it intended to do. I think it is a good thing though that the scores are broken down into subgroups. Although our school district does very well on standardized testing...certain subgroups perform at the same level as they would if they were in a lower performing school district....am I making sense?
I think there are many small things that that schools should be looking at in an effort to improve student performance, but will not....like what happens when a sub teacher is in the building, teacher absenteeism etc. Instead our district went the way of many other districts and ended up shortening recess.
One thing that frustrates me about people talking about NCLB is that people will an action by a school district is required by NCLB like cutting recess, etc, when this is simply a school district action.
When NCLB first came out, and individual schools were getting more attention, I'd have to say I was dismayed by some of the teachers responses. Our school is one of the lower performing schools. I realize how a student tests is affected by a variety of issues...but some teachers would like to characterize every student in our school as coming from a dysfunctional background, rather than to admit anything in the school needed to change.
I think if we are going to talk about school reform there needs to be a place where people will really listen to the parents. I might not know what is wrong in every US school, but I can definitely tell you the weak links at our school.