No Child Left Behind

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President George W. Bush signs the No Child Left Behind Act at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio, on Jan. 8, 2002. The NCLB law updated the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and significantly ratcheted up the federal role in education.
—Ron Edmonds/AP-File

No Child Left Behind Overview

This primer on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act—the previous iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA—includes information about compliance, proficiency, and waivers; milestones in the law’s history; main criticisms; and resources for further reading. Its successor, the Every Student Succeeds Act, replaced NCLB in Dec. 2015. (April 10, 2015)

Spotlight on No Child Left Behind

This Spotlight looks at where adjustments have been made to the controversial NCLB law and what lies ahead.

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NCLB Turns 10: Perspectives on the No Child Left Behind Act
To reflect on the law's anniversary, the Education Week Commentary editors asked a range of K-12 education leaders, politicians, teachers, and child advocates for their thoughts.

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The new federal K-12 law gives states and districts a freer hand in fixing their lowest-performing schools, but questions loom on whether that leeway will translate into better outcomes.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
A focus on the bottom of the scale may mask challenges for higher-performing schools when it comes to boosting achievement for students who lag behind.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
Whoever voters pick in November's legislative and gubernatorial races will have significant new leverage in shaping states' education agendas under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
September 14, 2016 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
'Tortured' Data Offer No Proof
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Over the years, Diplomas Count—in addition to its annual graduation-rate analysis—has highlighted issues critical to the goal of ensuring that all students get an equal opportunity to earn a high school diploma.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week
Town hall meetings, online surveys, and task forces aim to hear what the public thinks about the Every Student Succeeds Act as the NCLB law's successor rolls out.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week
Negotiators agreed to rules on key assessment issues under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but failed to reach accord on regulations covering a sticky spending issue.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
ESSA shifts K-12 policy authority to the states, but it's no guarantee that schooling will improve, writes Michael V. McGill.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
As the state testing landscape shifts with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the military could see greater access for its optional aptitude test and career-exploration program.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
To read and understand complex texts, some educators say students will need a deep knowledge of grammar.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week

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