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Barlow, Dudley
April 2006
Education Digest;Apr2006, Vol. 71 Issue 8, p65
The article focuses on the problems faced by the schools under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. For the 2003-04 school year, 73% of Florida schools were identified as in need of improvement under criteria of the NCLB Act. One year later, that figure had been cut almost in half, to 37.4%. In order to make improvements school districts did not change their instruction from one year to the next. Instead, they learn how to cut deals with the United States Department of Education. NCLB incorporates tough accountability provisions that require all students, including low-income and minority students, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency, to meet the same achievement goals. Another part of NCLB, particularly troublesome for urban and rural schools is, meeting teacher qualification requirements. Under NCLB, a teacher is recognized as highly qualified, if he or she has obtained a full state certification, has a bachelor's degree, and has demonstrated subject matter competency in core academic subjects. But, high-poverty, rural, and urban areas have always found it difficult to attract qualified teachers.


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