A new survey finds that, overall, most school superintendents think the No Child Left Behind law has not been good for education. WNPRâ€™s Diane Orson reports.
Every ten years, the American Association of School Administrators reports on the state of the nationâ€™s superintendents. But AASA didnâ€™t want to wait a decade to find out how No Child Left Behind has changed educational leadership. Itâ€™s latest report finds that the law has helped superintendents focus attention on the achievement of sub-groups within their districts, but most school leaders believe that â€œone-size-fits-allâ€ testing is unfair. Waterford superintendent Randy Collins will become president of AASA in July 2008.
"Weâ€™re testing kids who are not able to take tests, some with severe special ed problems. Weâ€™re testing kids who donâ€™t speak English. Itâ€™s a very frustrating, dehumanizing experience for many of these youngsters."
Superintendents say certain testing decisions should be made at the local, not federal level. The report also finds that more women are leading school districts..and though most superintendents like their work, the job has become more stressful and political.