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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 latest 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. (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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Blog: Politics K-12

02/05 08:30 pm | States Without Waivers No Longer Must Withhold Money for Tutoring, Choice | States without waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act can come up with an alternative plan to support students in schools that have missed achievement targets.

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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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ESSA, the newly reauthorized version of the ESEA, makes changes in how schools can use money set aside for economically disadvantaged students.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act could embolden some states to revise or abandon their current methods for rating teachers.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to measure at least one nonacademic factor, such as student engagement, when tracking schools' performance.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act, the latest version of the nation’s main K-12 law, aims to scale back the hands-on federal role in elementary and secondary education.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
State lawmakers around the country will be looking closely at how new flexibility for states under the Every Student Succeeds Act will play out on a key range of issues in their backyards.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act allows states and districts to cobble scores from interim assessments into a single, summative score, but some experts worry that will make the results less valid.
December 18, 2015 - Education Week
ESSA is not a federal intervention "smack down," writes Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to Arne Duncan.
December 10, 2015 - Education Week
The bill approved by a 359-64 margin would scale back the federal role in education for the first time since the early 1980s.
December 8, 2015 - Education Week
On accountability, the bill rocketing through Congress departs from key priorities embraced by Education Secretary Arne Duncan in his seven-year tenure, while firming up his influence on early-education and innovation.
December 3, 2015 - Education Week
A pending update of the federal education law stands to shift the bulk of school-turnaround and accountability work to state superintendents.
December 1, 2015 - Education Week

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