Officials Frustrated with No Child Law Parents, School Employees Attend State Senator's Forum on Federal Legislation
Waller, C. L., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: C. L. Waller Daily Herald Staff Writer
The applause from a group of about 60 school officials on Monday indicated just how frustrated school officials are with the federal No Child Left Behind law.
The question was about how realistic the expectations are in the law that says 100 percent of students in each school must meet academic standards by 2014. In 2004, 40 percent must meet the standards, but the percentage increases each year.
"What's clear is all schools will be under sanctions. The intention of this law is not about teaching and learning," said Becky McCabe, student assessment division manager for the Illinois State Board of Education.
Her response drew applause from the parents, school board members and school employees who gathered at Oak Terrace School in Highwood during a forum sponsored by state Sen. Susan Garrett of Lake Forest. On the panel were officials with the Illinois State Board of Education and the executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards.
McCabe said the state board of education is responsible for following the law, and making changes requires changing state or federal law. …