Schools utilize testing to assess students and teachers performance in their respective areas. Tests trap students in the dilemma of choosing between learning for educational benefit and learning short-term to pass a test. Student's results on tests can not only determine if they advance to the next grade, but also their future in some instances. Teachers are also hindered from fulfilling their job because if their students don't pass the flawed tests, they are punished or possibly terminated. Testing in general and No Child Left Behind are flawed because as a result, teachers will educate in accordance with the tests, there is no universal way to accurately measure every student, and No Child Left Behind wasn't supported sufficiently enough to function.
Teachers are given a requirement/guideline each year of exactly what is mandated that they teach their students in that school year. Creatively/Uniquely instructing students on a lesson that may prolong a certain section longer than another could lower test scores in the shortened section.
Testing statistics at the end of the year would reveal what would seem as the teacher's "inability" to do their job and teach both lessons. As a result, school has degraded to the point which students are pushed through a bland text books so their teacher won't be accused of heresy against their employer, the government. Students are consistently left victim to uninspired teaching, which results in less comprehension and student involvement in the respective subject.
Testing itself is a terrible way to measure intelligence. There are many factors to why a person could test great or do poorly on a test. Some very intellectual, intelligent people are victims of test anxiety and simply don't perform when tested on material they know. In addition, some students just master the art of test taking rather than...