The number of the week is ...
... 1 percent. That's the percentage of teachers surveyed by the national nonprofit Teachers Network who say No Child Left Behind is an effective way to evaluate school quality. Just 3 percent said the federal act, now under review in Congress, encourages them to improve their teaching. 69 percent, meanwhile, said they feel the law - especially the Adequate Yearly Progress goals - leads to teacher burnout.
The group quoted NYU education professor Frances Rust as saying "it seems very clear that from the teachers' perspective, NCLB is a top down mandate about which they feel greatest pressure for their students to pass high-stakes tests coming from their district administrators. This deprofessionalizes the teaching force, pushing teachers towards rote instruction that bypasses curriculum areas that are not tested and minimizes teachers' efforts to be responsive to the specific needs of learners in their classrooms."
Florida's AYP results should be available in June. To read the full survey results, click here.