The No Child Left Behind Act carries proficiency requirements that were never taken seriously by the feds in the first place. But because some teachers didn’t understand the difference between an assessment and a test, many fell headlong into a scandal for changing pupils’ answers to improve their school’s rankings. Even at that, test scores on what are really opinion-oriented pseudo-tests plummeted to an all-time low. Now comes anti-bullying amendments, being debated in Congress. These threaten to derail the Act’s “reform” (such as it is), by codifying into law non-traditional sexual orientations, ridiculously protecting the sexual “preferences” for pupils as young as five. If incorporated into NCLB, this will further weaken what’s left of academics, thwart normal emotional development and legitimize exhibitionism. See: http://thenewamerican.com/culture/education/9552-anti-bullying-amendments-to-education-act-undercut-academics-again .