Parents, left behind

No Child Left Behind promises parents more information and more choices. But that part of the law is not being fully implemented.

Achievement numbers by race, teacher qualifications, test explanations, offers to transfer students from struggling or dangerous schools — the No Child Left Behind education law requires all of it and more be provided to parents.

. . . No education law has made more promises to parents. Its goal of getting all students to grade level in reading and math is itself built on this promise: Parents will get vast, timely, understandable information about schools, and use it to make the best choices for their kids.

Yet as the second full school year under the law winds down, many in education say the parental provisions are potentially powerful, but too enormous to deal with or too easy to sidestep while other aspects of the law demand attention.

As a result, many parents who stand to gain do not know what they are missing.

Here’s the Education Department’s parents’ guide.

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  1. Wacky Hermit says:

    I particularly like this page:

    I think the graph showing exponentially increasing federal funding, with flat-line reading scores superimposed on it, says it all.

  2. D. Cooper says:

    Wonder if anyone will ever admit the real problem here. Between a changing culture (not exactly for the better), a decrease in family values (some of which have to do with education) an influx of non-English speaking students who many of which lack the motivation to get an education … it’s no wonder that all this money thrown at the problem is not getting it done. Problem is, they’re throwing the money at the wrong cause of the problem … well duh … is it any wonder. Argue all you wish about this and that, but the bottom line is, the problem isn’t going away if people refuse to recognize the root cause.

    I made a comment in another post here about schools abandoning ‘traditional’ methods. It is done in many cases because those methods rely upon a particular level of student participation in his/her own education. That level of participation has been decreasing for years. So, we try this or that to find a way … we’re trying to boil water at a lower temperature and it’s just very hard to do.