Of those surveyed, 29 percent believe the Bush-era education law has worsened education in America, compared with just 16 percent who said it has improved the system. Another 38 percent said NCLB hasn’t made much of a difference, while 17 percent are not familiar enough with the policy to rate its effectiveness. Of those who say they are “very familiar” with the law, 28 percent say it has made education better and 48 percent worse.
High enrollment, teacher vacancies and complaints of too much homework are some of the issues local school districts are facing coming into a new school year. The guests included Montgomery County School Superintendent Joshua Starr, Fairfax County School Superintendent Jack Dale, D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Prince George’s County School Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs. Alexandria City School Superintendent Morton Sherman joined in via phone.
The people who run our schools at the local, state and federal levels have, in recent years, recognized the unique opportunity they have to influence the eating and exercise habits of children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Early in our academic careers, all of us at some point became aware of the significance of the elusive 100% score on a test. To some that figure signified perfection, or simply that you knew all the answers to the test questions. However in hindsight, as with many experiences from childhood, the reality is not that simple.