NCLB Results Match Promise? FCS Teachers Poll Says No
= October 28, 2004, 11:55 am
Author = American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences/Linda
Industry = Non
Summary = After conducting a Poll of its teacher-members to examine
their experiences with and opinions of NCLB, AAFCS reports that
most FCS teachers say the new initiative has not been very effective.
Body = (Alexandria, VA – October 28, 2004) – What's
really going on with the new federal legislation entitled No Child
Left Behind (NCLB)? The American Association of Family & Consumer
Sciences (AAFCS) asked its primary and secondary
school teacher-members in a new Poll.
than 68 percent of the teachers indicated test scores of student
performance had not improved in their classes since NCLB was implemented,
while almost 32 percent felt they’d seen improvement.
were reported for the question, “Do you think NCLB has enhanced
or will enhance the education of children in America?” Of
the teachers responding, 62 percent said they did not think NCLB
had enhanced or would enhance the education of
American children and, slightly more than 37 percent responded positively.
to finding out what our teachers had observed so far about the No
Child Left Behind initiative’s effect on their schools and
students, we wanted to know if family and consumer sciences (FCS)
classes contribute to core academic skills of
students, as called for in NCLB,” said Jim Moran, President
of AAFCS. “According to the poll responses, the answer is
a resounding ‘yes’ and FCS teachers seem to be continuing
their emphasis on writing, reading, math and study skills while
teaching critical life skills.”
The AAFCS Teacher
Opinion Poll, a first of many anticipated national attempts to sample
the opinions of people directly involved with implementing NCLB
in the classroom, was distributed to 2,084 AAFCS teacher-members
across the U.S. with access to e-mail. Response rate was 11.1 percent
or 231 teachers.
The 231 teachers
responding to the Opinion Poll reported teaching 51,373 students,
almost 40 percent of whom were boys, in the 2003-2004 school year.
In a confirmation
of their focus on the core subjects called for in NCLB, over 98
percent of the 231 respondents to the Poll indicated they were already
teaching and reinforcing the core subjects (reading, writing, math
and science) prior to the enactment of NCLB.
And, 52 percent said they have made adjustments to their curricula,
which included additional applications for the core subjects.
my students keep various types of journals in each of my classes
and I grade them weekly or monthly to help improve writing skills.
Math has always been used in each of my classes, however, now I
include problem solving on their exams. And, I make sure that in
each class I point out how science is used. We are doing a lot of
applied sciences,” said one of the AAFCS teachers responding
to the Poll.
and Obtaining Quotes/Interviews
Founded in 1909,
AAFCS is the only not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated
to bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals,
families, and communities. AAFCS’ more than 10,000 members
are elementary, secondary, and
post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators, cooperative
extension educators, and other professionals in business and industry,
not-for-profit organizations, and government. These professionals
develop, integrate, and provide
practical knowledge about life skills— dietetics and nutrition,
financial literacy; child care and parenting; conflict resolution;
consumer education; safe and secure housing and environment; and
apparel and textiles.
results and Quotes, please contact Linda Wilson using the contact
information provided here. Interviews with AAFCS teachers may be
arranged through Linda Wilson or her staff. For additional press
information, view the AAFCS
Electronic Press Kit:
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= Linda Wilson
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400 N. Columbus St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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