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NCLB Stories: Highlighted Story

"The idea that all children can learn is great. The idea that every child learns at the same rate, at the same time is one that no parent should accept as accurate! Experience with children will tell you that this is not true. In our school system, we are working feverishly to develop pacing guides to regulate what is taught every day. We are setting up our children and our teachers for failure. This law is being used as an excuse to not teach children from where they are; we are discouraged from meeting 'Johnny' on his second-grade level and bringing him forward. Let me show and document progress, and I will be happy to do so. But this law, with its dependency on standardized tests, doesn't accomplish what politicians tell you it does."

Michelle Harris
Middle School Teacher
Shelby County Schools
Chelsae, Alabama