Will NCLB waivers affect your children?

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Will NCLB waivers affect your children?
Thu, 02-09-2012 - 2:26pm

It's no secret that NCLB has often affected gifted and talented students negatively by holding them back. Will any of your states be affected by these waivers? What do you think it will mean for your children?

No Child Left Behind: 10 States Receive Waivers From Education Law's Sweeping Requirements

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law in exchange for promises to improve the way schools teach and evaluate students.

The move is a tacit acknowledgement that the law's main goal, getting all students up to par in reading and math by 2014, is not within reach.

The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee, the White House said.

more~ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/no-child-left-behind-waivers_n_1264872.html


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Registered: 04-09-2006
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 11:15am
I think NCLB holds all kids back by defining learning in terms of test results, but I am unaware of any cuts to curriculum at the high school level because of NCLB in either of the schools my child attended. How has NCLB affected gifted kids at the elementary/middle school levels? (I haven't seen it in my "towns", but I might have missed it because my kids were homeschooled.)

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 12:36pm

NCLB has never really been an issue for us. Our kids were/are in a smaller district that took a lot of pride in independant thinking. Even when there was no GATE program, they were still considering differentiation, subject acceleration and grade acceleration viable options. These were/are also schools with reasonable test scores... not incredible but high enough not to be a priority for any penalties. I know the city district has been having trouble and DD's high school is slashing things left and right but honestly, I'm not really sure NCLB has anything to do with it.

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Registered: 03-07-2012
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 11:45am
Hits us, but too late because even the honors program here isn't worth it. It's not even all the school, a good 60% is lack of parenting so there are ill mannered children who take over.

We'll see what we think of the changes in 4 years, if we stay with the original plan of HS only boarding or middle school also.