My daughter is an advanced student. When the school year started, I noticed that they had put the 5 academic achievers in the class with the most disabled students. When I asked about the classroom mix, the teacher and aid explained that they needed our smarter kids there, to offset the test scores of the developmentally disabled kids in the class. One of these kids definitely should not even be in the classroom. He basically stares at the walls. At lunch time, if they sit him at a table, he stares at the walls with his food sitting in front of him until an aid actually comes and feeds him.
I volunteer in the classroom. My dd has complained about being bored while she waits for the rest of the class. So the other day when we finished groups up, the teacher told them to go back and finish A, B, or C. When I noticed my child just sitting there, I asked her why she wasn't working on A, B, or C. She told me "I finished those days ago, Mommy." It was 20 minutes till lunch. So if I hadn't been there to tell the teacher I want her doing something during that time, she would have been sitting.......staring at the walls, with nothing to do. NCLB is a JOKE! Kids like mine are being asked to sit and stay BEHIND while kids, so developmentally disabled, they can't FEED themselves are given help in the classroom. My daughters school is a "Blue Ribbon," "Magnate" school and my kids education is dumbed down to accomodate kids that would have been in a special school, getting adequate care (like being fed.)