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 bill approved by a 359-64 margin would scale back the federal role in education for the first time since the early 1980s.
December 9, 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 9, 2015 – Education Week
A bipartisan deal awaiting action in the House and the Senate would rewrite the law to give states lots of leeway on accountability, school turnarounds, and teacher evaluation, while keeping such “transparency” provisions as annual student testing.
December 2, 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 2, 2015 – Education Week
The No Child Left Behind Act has had an impact on principalship, writes Harvard Graduate School of Education's Deborah Jewell-Sherman.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
The situation of former Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill puts a personal face on the issue of who is allowed to teach and where.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
As an ESEA rewrite nears the finish line, states must prepare for a scaled-back federal footprint and how to assure continued progress for low-performing student subgroups.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
An in-depth review of testing in the nation's largest urban school districts concludes assessments are redundant, misaligned with standards, and often don’t address mastery of specific content.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
The House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act take very different tacks on the future of certain federal education programs.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week

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