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NCLB Stories: West Virginia

"As a teacher of history, I had my students do hands-on activities that really helped them understand the culture of the different civilizations. With the introduction of NCLB and state standards, teachers are being forced to drop all the creative activities we used to do and stick to teaching to the test.

"Students learn in a myriad of ways, one of which is through hands-on activities. Please vote to allow educators to still be creative in the classroom."

Lindemarie Crawford
Middle School Teacher
Monongalia County
Morgantown, West Virginia

"As a 30-year veteran teacher of art education , I am concerned about the emphasis ESEA places on high-priority testing.

"Visual arts programs throughout the country are seeing cutbacks and are being replaced with instructional time that is increasingly devoted to the core subjects that form the basis of the high-stakes testing."

John Richmond
Middle School Teacher
Kanawha County
Saint Albans, West Virginia

"Since NCLB, I have been forced to teach to the CSO's, (Content Standards and Objectives). If the activity does not meet a CSO, I no longer teach it.

"This means that I now teach less, and the students learn less. I used to do many more creative and fun activities, but since students aren't tested on them, I feel there is no time for them.

"I spend more time on drill and repetition to help the slow learners. I do feel the average and high achievers are missing out as a result of the NCLB requirements."

Jacklin Romeo
Intermediate School Teacher
Harrison County
Bridgeport, West Virginia