South Carolina Superintendent of Education Dr. Jim Rex says if the No Child Left Behind Act is not changed, every school in America will be deemed a failure by 2014.
Public school data released Monday show that 29 more elementary and middle schools in South Carolina met standardized testing benchmarks this year under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
However, Rex believes that the “adequate yearly progress” benchmarks will increase considerably next year so that even schools that have improved may be labeled as falling behind.
Rex says the No Child left Behind law is a good idea but needs some changes.
The law needs to be fine-tuned so that it recognizes schools that are improving as well as schools that are not improving, so that states know where to focus their efforts. But for right now, even with its flaws, South Carolina elementary and middle schools showed that they were making progress, even under these circumstances.
Rex has strong criticisms of the No Child Left Behind law:
Rex says the No Child Left Behind benchmarks must change.
I think it’s a given that the law will be dramatically changed. No one in Washington, Republican or Democrat, thinks that the law as presently written is rational or constructive. Question is whether it will be changed this year or next.