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The No Child Left Behind has its ups ad downs were ever the way a person looks at it. No Child Left Behind Act, every state is now required to test all children in grades 3 through 8 and report scores broken down by race and ethnicity. (www.

But there are two positive things that about the Act. The First one would be that It improves the accountability of students and schools. The Second one would be it motivates students to really learn the material rather than just memorize for tests, that would help them motivate themselves to do better in school. The are negatives to this Act. Standardized tests can be biased or unfair, meaning that If a question asks for the proper English "The man got himself a dog" vs. "The man got hisself a dog", inner city youth may pick the latter, which may be how most of the people around him speak.

Often, immigrants from Mexico or Native Americans may face words and sentences that are completely foreign to them. These students may then do poorly on tests not because they don't know the material but because they don't understand the questions. The second negative reason is that Students in failing school districts will be punished. Not every student has the privilege of living in a district with a top-notch public school (

I asked a third grade public school teacher Mrs. September Garcia who works for the Oklahoma City Public School. She told me that the No Child Left Behind Act does not work and that it is only making President Bush look good. It does nothing for the individual, because the tests are so bias that is can confuse the students especially the low income kids. This act will not work for everybody.


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