There were good intentions behind NCLB, but there were unrealistic goals. The public has been tricked into thinking that our schools are failing and that high-stakes standardized tests are worth something more than the paper they are written on.
Good and timely question as NCLB is being shown the door. Unfortunately for our children, the accountability policies to follow will not be much better.
Yes, this is a very sore spot for me! and I will be Hubbing soon to share my own experience with NCLB.