Which Students Are Left Behind? The Racial Impacts of the No Child Left Behind Act

John M. Krieg, Science Direct, August 2011

Abstract

The No Child Left Behind Act imposes sanctions on schools if the fraction of any of five racial groups of students demonstrating proficiency on a high stakes exam falls below a statewide pass rate. This system places pressure on school administrators to redirect educational resources from groups of students likely to demonstrate proficiency towards those who are marginally below proficient. Using statewide observations of 3rd and 4th grade math tests, this paper demonstrates that students of successful racial groups at schools likely to be sanctioned gain less academically over their subsequent test year than comparable peers at passing schools. This effect is stronger at schools more likely to suffer from NCLB sanctions and is robust to corrections for non-random sample selection.

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  • Question Diversity

    No Child Left Behind is really No Child Gets Ahead. It’s like I said earlier today in yesterday’s Detroit post, paraphrasing Paul Kersey, the opportunity cost of NCLB, the education that white children aren’t receiving in order “not to leave black and Hispanic children behind,” is far more drastic than the on-budget line item cost of NCLB.

  • neanderthalDNA

    Blacks learn best in highly structured, heavy discipline, military style unpleasantness. Not that some white kids couldn’t use some discipline, but most seem capable of learning with little interference from a teacher nor intrusive “socialization and control” situation.

    Regardless, of course our stupid, chimeric, quixotic, quest for vindication of the stupitopian left’s pipe dream of racial equality has resulted in harming white children.

    That’s what all affirmative action is really about anyway – hurting whites so much we all live like blacks. Ah, equality!

  • sociobiologist under distress

    Of course they hurt us- that’s their purpose. The more we hurt, the more our enemies can celebrate “ridding the world of structural racism through eliminating racist unearned White privilege.” That’s us they are talking about. We are the only legitimate target for racial hatred and violence on the planet.

    Transcend diversity, embrace Whiteness, beware and prepare… because you really do know what’s coming next… you see it in your worst nightmares… and you are extremely right!

    AmReners and race-curious students must read White Man, Think Again! by Anthony Jacob.

  • sociobiologist under distress

    Of course they hurt us- that’s their purpose. The more we hurt, the more our enemies can celebrate “ridding the world of structural racism through eliminating racist unearned White privilege.” That’s us they are talking about. We are the only legitimate target for racial hatred and violence on the planet.

    Transcend diversity, embrace Whiteness, beware and prepare… because you really do know what’s coming next… you see it in your worst nightmares… and you are extremely right!

    AmReners and race-curious students must read White Man, Think Again! by Anthony Jacob.

  • sociobiologist under distress

    Of course they hurt us- that’s their purpose. The more we hurt, the more our enemies can celebrate “ridding the world of structural racism through eliminating racist unearned White privilege.” That’s us they are talking about. We are the only legitimate target for racial hatred and violence on the planet.

    Transcend diversity, embrace Whiteness, beware and prepare… because you really do know what’s coming next… you see it in your worst nightmares… and you are extremely right!

    AmReners and race-curious students must read White Man, Think Again! by Anthony Jacob.

  • Lorin

    This system places pressure on school administrators to redirect educational resources from groups of students likely to demonstrate proficiency towards those who are marginally below proficient.

    The intelligent children are ignored in order to raise the scores of the less intelligent. this is the reason behind the constant lowering of standards; to bring it down to the lowest common denominator.

  • Peejay in Frisco

    If I were teacher in a California school and I were dismissed because the black or brown students didnt get good eniugh grades,I wouldnt be upset, because I could then get transferred to a school that had more whites or asians. California is really hurting for teachers willing to put up with black and brown deliquents, and they want as many of them they can get.I dont know about other states.

  • Tab Numlock

    The inverted logic of liberals. Everyone knows young white men created most of civilization so this is a reason to skimp on their educations and lavish money on groups which have never accomplished anything. But then, I don’t think libs actually want any more progress. They would prefer if things like the car and chemistry had never been invented.

  • aj

    If I can decipher this goobly gook it seems to be saying that children in “successful racial groups” i.e. whites/asians in “schools likely to be sanctioned” i.e. heavily black schools learn less than whites/asians at non black schools.

    Shocking.

  • Xenophon

    When they write the final chapter about the rise and fall of the USA, the Bush family will figure prominently as the chief architects of its demise, though unwittingly. I can’t decide whether their administrations were farce or tragedy. Probably both.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a cultural-racial “Robin Hood Effect” in public schools that has the consistent effect of robbing from the quicker learners in order to pull up the slower. The content of textbooks,

    viewed closely, does the same–underplaying of eliminating content that would be mastered by the abler in order to fill the whole game with low hurdles and Alice-in-Wonderland successes.

  • Preparation H-Bomb

    Of course. NCLB was designed to produce MEDIOCRITY – meaning get rid of the super low and the super high kids, and advance the Golden Mean, which of necessity results in mediocrity. As a former teacher, I witnessed this first hand.

    Just FYI, I moments ago saw on “Hannity” (Fox News Channel) a man who wrote a book on the Obama justice (??) department, and he uses the word “RACIALIST.” He said it means one who uses race to get a specific goal accomplished. I was astonished to hear that term – I first encountered it on AmRen, and I believe it’s apt here. We might want to listen up for this on other sites though!

  • Anonymous

    Resources are moved from educating the top of society to the bottom of society where the goal is to assure simple attendance.

  • Jennifer

    I am a teacher at a predominantly Asian school and my job is like a dream come true- highly motivated and intelligent students who get upset if they get an A- and break down into tears apologizing when they forget to bring their homework. Even white students are not this good.

    The success of Asian children makes liberals extremely uncomfortable because it interferes with their notion that low Black achievement is caused by a culturally biased curriculum designed by whites in order to ‘oppress’ minorities.

    I invite all you liberals to go observe a classroom dominated by Asians. They put the white kids to shame! Today’s white kids are NOT violent or aggressive like certain groups but they tend to text in class and spend too much time playing with social media at home while the Asian kids study the maths and sciences.

    Asian Americans are our future!

  • AvgDude

    See that thing ahead of us?… It’s called a Dark Age. And this one is going to last a lot longer than the last one. And the last one lasted over 700 years.

  • Anonymous

    Jennifer, i think you are missing the point. Asian Americans are NOT our future. They are the future of ASIA. Our future can be secured by white Americans and ONLY white Americans.

  • Epiales

    The real problem, beyond No Child Left Behind, is that most of us have ceded the education (or at schooling) of our children to the government.

    To #12 Jennifer: Didn’t you post the exact same comment on another article?

  • Anonymous

    “it interferes with their notion that low Black achievement is caused by a culturally biased curriculum designed by whites in order to ‘oppress’ minorities”.

    Culturally biased curriculum and institutional racism? That’s the bizarre, emperor has no clothes, we’re in the twilight zone, aspect of it all. The curriculum is biased against whites as are the institutions. You can have one, institutional racism against whites, i.e. affirmative action, or in it’s place you can claim institutions favor whites. But you can’t have both. If you do AmRen is going to say something about it!

  • Periapsis

    My Slavic ancestors found out that Asians where their future alright during the late Middle Ages, as in millions dead, cities razed to the ground such as Kiev and the populace being ruled by ethnic aliens that exploited them. Eventually my Russian ancestors violently overthrew them and drove them out, those who didn’t get beheaded by Russian swords that is. Asians have not changed when it comes to their core beliefs and character since Ghengis and Kublai Kahn, whose names is synomyous in the minds of Russians with death and destruction. Want proof? Just look at how the Chinese and Japanese have acted during the past century for a clue. Be careful what you wish for Jennifer, you might get it and the rest of us along with you.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see, I graduated from college in 1981 at the age of 38. Obviously, I started college rather late in life. Anyway, I was a science major, but had to take electives in other disciplines. One of the electives I took was philosophy and I was really looking forward to it. The first day of class the professor announced that the textbook he had chosen was because most college students were reading at an 8th grade level. He was a good professor, but I guess he had to make do with what he had. Almost half the class failed the mid-term which was easy enough if you just showed up, listened, and did the reading assignments.

    So, this nonsense has been going on for a long time and it looks like it’s only getting worse. I feel sorry for the professors who have to put up with this, it must be very discouraging. By the way, this was at City College in New York after they implemented open admissions.

    I guess open admissions means that you can be dumb as a brick but, by God, you WILL go to college!

  • Anonymous

    This country is in transition. Unfortunately, this country wasted 50 + years and continuing due to dumbing down of the educational system and affirmative action trying to close the achievement gap between whites and blacks and soon to another huge upcoming Hispanic underclass. Those years were critical in preparing for this country to go to the next level of creating jobs. Many forward looking authorities and educators warned of the foolishness but this country decided to wear the badge of not appearing racists instead which it continues to this date. No government bailouts or stimulus can adequately solve the problems this country is facing. It will take years or ever to get this country back on its feet. When the whites increasing become the minority, this country is finished. It will regress to the level of the ever increasing third world population countries of origin. The whites need to stay at a critical mass of over 60% for this country to survive.

  • ATBOTL

    “Jennifer”, no one here wants to hear your nonsense about Asians. America is a white country. Asians are not our future.

  • William

    @12 Jenifer,

    The high IQ of East Asians has been observerved in psychometric tests for a long time. However I think there are two other factors: Firstly Asian immigration is elite immigration since to gain residency access to western nations standards need to be met which filter out the less intelligent and capable. Unlike Hispanics Asians can not easily avail themselves of illegal immigration. Secondly there is the tendancy of migrants and their children to work hard to make their immigration succesfull. I would suspect White European immigrants would also tend to be slight over achievers.

    The immigration process of East Asians in large numbers is filtering in a cognitive elite. It is very likely that they will eventually assume a leadership position.

    I also suspect that the social and economic policies in many western nations have been dysgenic.

    It has recently been said that the English middle class are now worse of than they were 400 years ago.

    The costs of affirmitve avtion, the social burden of hispanic and black crime, the need to spend large sums of

    money to find a safe neighbourhood and schools the destruction of the middle classes as the US become somewhat

    of a kleptocracy and secure emplyment is offshored seems to reduce the fertillity of Whites.

    All these burdens add up to delaying child birth while savings and carears are built over longer periodes.

    On the otherhand the more impulsive and less insightfull are having large numbers of children.

    Better teaching and training, cheaper books, IT technology has perhaps hidden the decline which must happen.

  • Anonymous

    The slowest learners of all our white liberals who continue to believe that blacks and “Hispanics” will somehow “catch up” to whites if we “eliminate racism”, whatever that means.

    As Jared Taylor has pointed out, these people are not just hypocrites, they really believe their own raving, jabbering lunacy.

    As a former liberal myself, I can testify that it is absolutely unthinkable – absolutely unimaginable – or one well-educated, successful white liberal to say to another:

    “we’d better just play along with this whole crazy race equality business, but really, there’s something totally Alice in Wonderland about pretending that blacks have the same mental ability as whites. Most black adults are struggling with simple concepts and tasks that would be easy for most white children. If more education were going to eliminate the gap between blacks and whites, it would’ve been gone 35 years ago. They really are sort of dumb, aren’t they??”

    These kind of conversations do not take place, for the simple reason that liberals are not exercising just speech control, they are exercising thought control, i.e., on themselves.

    The possibility that as a rule, blacks really aren’t very smart is literally unthinkable.

    Until this changes, we will continue to squander trillions of dollars and meaningless programs designed to achieve the impossible.

  • Anonymous

    Jennifer, above, is a pseudonym. It is probably Sureesh. Notice the use of the word ‘maths’. We don’t use the plural in this country. It is strictly British usage. It is somewhat archaic. It is still used in India,’Jennifer’s’place of birth.

  • Mr Jones

    The author of the paper also says preferences for certain racial groups may already be in place so therefore his findings may be underestimating this ‘robin hood’ effect. How soon till this researcher becomes ‘suspect’ and his findings ‘refuted’? If it wasn’t for AmRen we might not have read this story.