How NCLB is Still Destroying Reading for Children 

NCLB was a bi-partisan bill signed into law in 2002 during the Bush administration’s push for school reform.

We now recognize how punitive the bill was, its troubling use of one-size-fits-all standardized testing to demonize and close public schools, the punitive AYP and “highly qualified” teacher credentialing changes, the unrealistic predictions that all children would be proficient in reading by 2014, and the push for unproven charters and choice.

NCLB also created terrible changes when it came to reading instruction, and the impacts are still felt today by children across the country.

Many parents and educators have forgotten, or never heard of, Reading First, NCLB’s reading program which was an abysmal failure. KappanWashington columnist Anne C. Lewis called it “the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘little Enron’ scandal.”

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