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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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No Child Left Behind
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Blog: Politics K-12

04/28 11:30 am | Withdraw and Rework State's ESSA Plan, Michigan Lt. Gov. Urges | Michigan's lieutenant governor says the plan, which the state submitted earlier this month, should be changed in order to better account for special education students.

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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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In his final Commentary as education secretary, John B. King Jr. considers the state of American schooling.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
The political alliance between charter school and voucher supporters may be fraying, writes Jeffrey R. Henig.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
Some already are proposing tight timelines to meet their state-determined goals under the Every Student Succeeds Act, while others worry about boxing themselves in.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
The president entered office in 2009 with education a top priority, scoring game-changing policy wins in some areas before hitting stiff headwinds in his second term.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
Here's a concise guide to key school accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, including how states and districts handle teacher evaluation, gauge school progress, and fix their lowest-performing schools.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
The state's highest court is weighing the "adequacy" of the Kansas school funding system and previously ruled that the system is inequitable.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
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

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