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1 Education in the United States & No Child Left Behind Marc McGuigan Physics Education Forum Monday, April 23, 2007

2 Outline Education in the United States  How is elementary and secondary education funded?  What is the role of the federal government? NCLB  What is NCLB?  Components of NCLB  Controversy What should be done?

3 How is elementary and secondary education funded? Total U.S. Expenditures for Elementary and Secondary Education Source: Department of Education

4 How is elementary and secondary education funded? Total Expenditures per Pupil (for Fall Enrollment) Annual Secondary Education Expenditures per Student Source: Department of Education

5 The Role of the Federal Government United States Department of Education Secretary of Education – Margaret Spellings National Education Budget $69.4 million (2006) Federal government provides about 8.5% of public school funds, the rest of the funding comes from state and local taxes. In FY 2004 the federal government gave $24.3 billion to states to implement NCLB (40% increase from FY 2001) In FY 2004 federal Title I funding was $12.34 billion

6 The Role of the Federal Government Federal Spending Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act No Child Left Behind Funding: Source: Department of Education

7 The Problem “Studies show less than half of those who do graduate are ready for college-level math and science.” “Although U.S. fourth graders score well against international competition, they fall near the bottom or dead last by 12th grade in mathematics and science, respectively.” Source: Department of Education Source: No Politician Left Behind. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page. February, 15, ml?id= ml?id=

8 The Problem Percentage of Twelfth Graders Proficient in Science As the U.S. Commission on National Security in the Twenty-First Century reports, "More Americans will have to understand and work competently with science and math on a daily basis... the inadequacies of our systems of research and education pose a greater threat to U.S. national security over the next quarter century than any potential conventional war that we might imagine." The longer students stay in the current system the worse they do. According to the 1995 Third International Mathematics and Science Study, U.S. fourth graders ranked second. By twelfth grade, they fell to 16th, behind nearly every industrialized rival and ahead of only Cyprus and South Africa. Source: Department of Education

9 What is the No Child Left Behind Act? A federal law that reauthorizes many federal programs (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) Passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 381 – 41 on December 13, 2001 Passed by the Senate by a vote of 87 – 10 on December 18, 2001 Signed into law by President Bush on January 8, Pages!!

10 No Child Left Behind FY 2006 Budget $37.6 billion K-12 Education ESEA, Title I: $13.3 billion IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), Part B, Grants to States: $11.1 billion Improving Teacher Quality: $2.9 billion 21 st Century Community Learning Centers: $991.1 million English Language Learners: $675.8 million Impact Aid: $1.2 billion

11 No Child Left Behind Title I Grants for Disadvantaged Children Federal Grants to States for Special Education Source: Department of Education

12 Title I, Part A - Tests Develop state standards in math and reading/language arts (not new) and science standards by By states must implement assessments in reading and math every year in grades 3–8 and once in grades 10–12 By the states must administer science assessment at least once in grades 3- 5, 6-9, and Source: Department of Education

13 Title I, Part A - Reporting States must disaggregate test results:  Gender  English proficiency  major racial and ethnic groups  migrant status  Disability  status as economically advantaged States must make available test results to school districts before the beginning of the next school year 4 th and 8 th graders in states must participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to evaluate state academic standards State Report Cards School District Report Cards Annual State Report to the Secretary of Education

14 Title I, Part A – Adequate Yearly Progress States must define adequate yearly progress States must review the progress of schools receiving Title I funds If a school fails to meet adequate yearly progress for:  2 years “in need of improvement” Students given the option to transfer to another public school School must spend 10% of Title I Part A on professional development that address problem  3 years School must allow low-income students to receive supplemental educational services with Title I funds  4 years – Corrective Action (one of the following) Replace staff New curriculum Decrease management authority Appoint outside exert Extend school day or year  5 years Initiate plans to restructure school

15 Title I, Part A Highly Qualified Teachers  State certification  Bachelor’s degree  Subject area competency - New middle and high school teachers Academic major, graduate degree, coursework equivalent to an academic major, advanced certification credentialing State exam Implement practices based on scientific research

16 Title II “The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education will provide an estimated $1 billion over five years for results-oriented partnerships between local districts and universities to bring urgency, tested methods, and high level expertise to rebuilding math excellence. ” Source: Department of Education

17 Controversy National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are critical of the NCLB Act May 3, 2005 Utah governor, Jon Huntsman signs a state law that allows Utah districts to ignore components of NCLB

18 Unfunded Mandate Argument Against NCLB:  The federal government does not provide the funding necessary to implement the mandates outlined in the NCLB Act  Education is a state and local issue not a federal issue. Opposing Position:  The federal funding of education has increased in recent years  It is not clear whether increased spending improves the quality of education  A state does not have to implement the components of NCLB. It only has to implement NCLB if it wants to receive federal education funds.

19 Teach to the Test Argument Against:  Teachers and students spend time on certain topics at the expense of other interesting topics.  Administering tests takes away class time.  Tests are not a good indicator of a school’s performance. Opposing Argument:  Tests can gauge if students are learning the necessary material.  Tests allow parents and administrators to compare schools within a given state as well as identify schools that are failing.  Tests provide accountability for education funding.

20 Adequate Yearly Progress Argument Against NCLB:  There is an incentive to set expectations low.  NCLB sets unrealistically high standards so that many schools fail, federal education funding drops, and the Department of Education is eliminated. Opposing Argument:  AYP Reports allow students and their parents to identify failing schools and if a student is in a failing school NCLB gives he/she the opportunity to receive additional services or transfer schools.

21 References National Center for Education Statistics, No Child Left Behind: A Desktop Reference, Frequently Asked Questions about No Child Left Behind, df df No Politician Left Behind. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page. February, 15, Highly Qualified Teachers. No Child Left Behind. United States Department of Education. Wikipedia


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