School of Education
Integrated Studies: Elementary--Teacher Certification
Primary Subject Area
NCLB, No Child Left Behind
Lowry, Kathryn F., "A Step Forward: A Study of the Practical Application of the No Child Left Behind Act" (2008). Senior Honors Theses. 86.
This thesis analyzes teachers’ perceptions of the impact NCLB has on classrooms every day. It begins with a brief literature review analyzing and synthesizing editorial articles that discuss perceptions of the successes and shortcomings of NCLB. It then describes and discusses a survey study conducted amongst teachers in Southern Virginia. Thirty teachers from three counties were surveyed, and, as expected, when given space to respond freely, they responded with negative comments toward NCLB. However, when asked to rank the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on student success and teacher effectiveness the surveyed teachers expressed a neutral impact. These mixed results indicate a need for further studies.