NCLB's Younger Sibling: No Toddler Left Behind
Writing over at AFT's NCLBlog, John advocates the testing of the toddler-set in order to identify areas of concern before youngsters enter kindergarten:
No Child Left Behind has proven so effective at raising achievement for school-age children that it's time to take the next logical step and apply NCLB's principles to younger children. Let's call it No Toddler Left Behind, or NTLB. While it's true that pre-schoolers struggle with paper and pencil tests, there's no reason we can't raise standards for toddlers and create age-appropriate assessments.Even though John's idea does raise some intriguing questions, we've already examined some of the serious consequences that would result from implementing his idea of testing such young kids. Surprisingly, co-publisher Michele is in complete agreement with the concept of testing pre-schoolers.