Possible effects of NCLB on teacher stress and student behavior

The purpose of this study was to determine the possible effects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on teacher stress and student behavior. This case study used qualitative methods to investigate the research questions. Data was collected through surveys and individual interviews. Data segments were coded and placed into categories in order to identify different levels of information. Self-reflection was required in the analysis of data to identify, communicate, and attempt to reduce any personal biases with respect to the questions being studied. The findings in this study indicate the effects of NCLB have influenced teacher stress and student behavior in the classroom. Specifically, data revealed the pressure teachers incur to improve test scores causes a significant amount of stress and forces teachers to focus solely on tested material. Teachers reported seeing a significant increase in the amount of student behavior as a result of the stress and pressure their students are under. This study provides recommendations for educational leaders and areas for further research