Journal Article: Disguising the Achievement Gap


Education, Student achievements, Testing programs, Equalization, Educational, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001


Probst, Bob


2005, September


Although the No Child Left Behind Act has been developed to address the achievement gap, testing struggling students will only remind them they are behind, drilling will not improve anything, and standardizing the curriculum would be disastrous. In order to have even the slightest hope of closing the achievement gap, educators must be flexible in their choice of books so that they can find what will work best; avoid mechanical, routinized instruction and do their best to get students responding, analyzing, talking, solving problems, considering difficult issues, and otherwise engaging in energetic intellectual activity; and focus on students' hopes and aspirations.


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