Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Utah to defy federal No Child Left Behind Act

Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (R) signed a measure defying the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind Act, despite administration warnings that the action could threaten $76 million in federal aid, CNN reports.

The legislation gives Utah's education standards priority over federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. It lets education officials ignore provisions of federal law that conflict with the state's program.

The No Child Left Behind Act is designed to promote accountability in our nation’s schools. The Utah schools do that by measuring student achievement through the U-PASS, or the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students, system which compares achievement as students progress from grade to grade.

Utah's system meets the federal requirement to measure student progress. In fact, comparing a student's work to his/her past work is a better measure of preformance than the federal system which compares a student to his/her peers. It's better to teach a student to think and grow than it is to teach to a test.


At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s better for our schools to teach a child how to learn that teach him/her how to take a test.

I think I know what you are trying to say here, but do you think you could clear it up please?

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Joe Weedon said...

Sorry.... had copied a early, unfinished draft into the Blog.

At 3:20 AM, Blogger LDF said...

Outstanding! After speaking with teachers in CA about "No Child Left Behind" and hearing about how often it is causing kids to get left behind, I think it's great that Utah went their own way. Hopefully they will improve their education system further, find a way to surpass federal standards and show that power is better wielded on a local rather than Federal level.


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