No Child Left Behind

No Child Left Behind
Minnesota is one of the states are denied education standard, known as No Child Left Behind. The Obama administration has endorsed these failures today.

In secondary schools across the country - the state tests are given annually to test students 'knowledge' in individual subjects.

Mitchell Beckman is a senior at Houston High School - he was president of the student council and has a 3.98 grade point average, but even he said the state tests were not a walk in the park.

"I remember that the state tests challenge our knowledge, our teachers here did a great job of teaching us that we are very well prepared for the tests that we took," said Beckman.

Feeling prepared is one thing - but, according to the no child left act - Houston area schools will be labeled as a failure - that's because it called for 100 percent of the students score on state tests of skill.

"By 2014, all students were required to possess all that they have been tested on the state and this means that a special edition of the students, minority students, all students, and it's just unrealistic," said Houston School District administrator, Jean Broadwater.

While state tests are now in the Houston High School, No Child Left Behind expects all students must master in math and reading Obama takes effect in 2014, this requirement is far and actually allows the state to make their own plans in the field of education.

"It's a good thing for Minnesota, it is very important for districts to have more flexibility in how they spend their dollars that flows to the children, because now we have a lot more options on how we spend this money," said Broadwater.

Now, instead of just looking at knowledge - Minnesota school districts will be evaluated in four areas.

These include the growth in student knowledge, it is working with a subgroup of children reaching the gap, and finally the end of the course.

"We are not failures. We are doing everything we can best we can, and we always want what is best for children, and this new system will help us do this," said Broadwater.

"Everyone learns at different paces, everyone has different learning strategies, the various methods that they use some of them are better than others, and it really helps to really pay attention to the class," said Beckman.

While 10 states have received waivers, and another 28 are in the process of applying for one.

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