The No Child Left Behind Act: Negative Implications for Low-Socioeconomic Schools




Woods, Allison

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This thesis examines the effects of The No Child Left Behind Act and it’s impact on low-socioeconomic schools and students. Accountability measured by adequate yearly progress (AYP) and high-stakes testing is closely investigated, along with negative results of curriculum narrowing and school restructuring sanctions. The current system of waivers is also closely reviewed. Data from government reports, literature reviews, case studies, and newspapers are used to argue that No Child Left Behind has hindered the nation’s schools, especially those in low-income areas, and has done little to improve the achievement gap. With No Child Left Behind currently up for reauthorization, it is important to look closely at how the law has adversely impacted our nation’s schools so that new legislation can be passed to better serve all schools, and guarantee that ‘no child is really left behind.’


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