Benefits And Flaws Of No Child Left Behind Act On Special Education

The No Child Left behind (NCLB) legislation contributes positively to benefit the learning disabilities of students. It is an influential law that confronts many facets of publicly owned schools. NCLB is an extended and latest adaptation of the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA), which was initially approved and acted upon in 1965. Amidst the vital features of the act, the precondition to have highly qualified and able teachers and to be provided with opportunity to attend schools that provide the highest quality of academics and scholastic approach. Ehrenberg and Brewer conclusively found that the achievement and successful learning of students depends primarily on the teachers.

The NCLB legislation affects every student admitted either in general educational program or special education program. It is a fundamental requirement of the law that schools exhibits explicit student growth and zealous performance, so that every student studying in the public school are well-versed in reading and mathematics by the end of the 2013-2014 school year. NCLB also authorize to promote to create milestones for schools to gauge their performance in improving student proficiency up to 100%, by the end of their deadline.

The foremost benefit of this legislation is the element of accountability. With the passing of the bill of NCLB in 2001, schools are now being accounted for their progress, how their students learn, how well-qualified the teachers are, etc. NCLB has explicit goals of having every student meet the required standards as well as meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirement. This ensures better performance of the student as well as the school. The accountability requirement narrows the achievement gap between high and low performing schools and students. Another prominent benefit of the NCLB act is that it includes provisions to provide funds to states for a variety of educational expenses for the schools that meets the act’s requirements for the low-income students enrolled. The most noticeable flaw of the NCLB law is its requirement of being accountable. Where on one hand it is equally important, on the other hand, it creates hindrance for students with learning disabilities, different ethnic groups, different religious backgrounds and the poor to meet the AYP requirements. Also high stakes test should be able to produce not only better results but better learned individual.

Contrary to all the controversies this act persists, this act tends to exceed the educational levels & close the achievement gap so as to create a balance between high & low achievers in term of students as well as schools.