Key words: "Federal Government."
If ever there was an example of "We're here from the Gummint to he'p you" gone wrong, NCLB is it.
Conveniently, many members of Congress retired between 2001 and 2011. So did GWBush, who pushed this hare-brained thing through.
The way out of this requirement was that the law was scheduled to be "reauthorized" in 2007. The unrealistic goal for 2014 could be fixed then, right? Wrong. That year came and went with no revised law. So did 2008, 2009, and 2010.
...The US secretary of education said a couple months ago that the No Child Left Behind system was becoming increasingly dysfunctional and, in the absence of Congress doing anything, the education department would give states waivers from requirements such as the AYP system and the 100% proficiency goal. To get waivers, a state would have to come up with plans for such things doing something about its lowest performing schools and judging teachers, at least in part, by student success.
The optimum? Dump D of Ed into the porcelain tubes, zero out D of Ed spending, and let the States do what the Constitution says: educate their own children.
Don't take bets that it will happen.....until the revolution comes.