I work with a number of families across my state to insure that their children get the educational instruction they need. Perhaps my state is the exception, but I have not seen tutoring related to either NCLB or special ed during the summer that is truely designed for the individual student unless the parents can negotiate private tutoring. So, based on my experience, although in theory the summer school is tailored to a student's needs, the reality is that even in high performing school districts it is not.
I stand by my solution- fix the root cause of the problem and you won't need a band-aid to get kids up to where they need to be. Remove the need for mandetory summer school by insuring that the students make appropriate progress during the school year. This achieves the purpose of NCLB.
I agree - holding kids back is not a good solution - research shows that the long-term negative consequences almost always outweigh the short term benefits. I agree that children have the right to acquire grade level skills and knowledge and should not be pushed through.
To answer your question, I do not agree that mandetory summer school is the solution to NCLB tests. Instead, make sure they get the skills and knowledge during the school year.53108
The question of should summer school be mandated is tricky because of all of the very valid points commented here. We do need more individualized plans for children during the day and there are many children with learning disabilities that are undiagnosed in our school system. But that question also can't be answered based on what's convenient for parents "scheduling work around summer school is difficult" because while difficult, it's about the child. While I understand the frustration of parents of children with learning disabilities, the reality is that in most states, currently, it's unrealistic to expect them in a class of 30 with AT MOST one teachers assistant//aide to be able to be able to carry out those specialized plans or individualize lesson plans. Of course it's the ideal situation but again - our whole education system is based on reaching the most kids as best they can. There have been adjustments and strides to adjust that based on the number of LD children coming into the system but it's just unrealistic for teachers to manage, sometimes with multiple LD children in a class. It's also not fair to the other children if they have to. Again, it's not a good situation and I don't suggest parents pull their children out to home school against their judgment.
However - I have to agree to some extent with Skeptic. Summer school is designed to help kids be better prepared for a grade that they did not complete well. We are pushing kids through unprepared. I don't even know how/when that started! When I was young if you failed a state test or didn't do well in everyday school, you were left back. Now a parent has to agree for their child to be held over and all too often a parent feels like "aww they're bright, but they just aren't good in math..or english..or science." The truth is that parents need to take the suggestions of their child's teacher. No one knows better then them if they are truly prepared to move on and if they're not, they should either go to summer school to catch up or be left back to repeat the grade. In the end LD or not, it's not advantageous to push children through the system and leave them unprepared to go out into the real world. 78401
Well I would say no, if the teachers fail to do their job for the school year the teacher should go to summer school and maybe demoted. When asked the question "how is my child doing?" and a teacher respond fine and nothing else, her grades do not reflect a badly (80's) then there are doing test correction. What kind of craziness is that? These children should not be penalized for the school lack of efficiency.79030
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