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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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No Child Left Behind
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Blog: Politics K-12

11/29 03:01 pm | ESEA Reauthorization: A Look at a Draft of the Bill | Click here for late stage draft of the actual bill that could become the latest iteration of the ESEA, the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA.

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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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Sound assessments are integral to good teaching and learning, but they must not be used beyond their technical limits, writes Madhabi Chatterji.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Critics of high-stakes testing believe having parents refuse to let their children take assessments could force policymakers to take note of their cause.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Armed with federal flexibility, a growing number of states plan to use common-core-aligned field tests in all, or nearly all, of their schools.
March 4, 2014 - Education Week
The Evergreen State's struggle to craft a teacher-evaluation system that passes federal muster shows the challenge faced by many states that have received NCLB waivers from the Obama administration.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
Even though it's a state under Democratic control, California's education policies do not fall in line with those of the Obama administration, writes Charles Taylor Kerchner.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
With a federal NCLB waiver prodding it along, Minnesota pushes hard to cut disparities between various subgroups of students.
February 21, 2014 - Education Week
States have been allowed to back off from the core goal of educational equity, a group of powerful House Democrats tell the U.S. Department of Education.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
President Barack Obama steered clear of new education initiatives in his State of the Union address, but is expected to use executive authority to push his priorities.
January 31, 2014 - Education Week
States and districts getting School Improvement Grant aid could receive greater flexibility under language included in the federal spending measure.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is grilling states that don't participate in one of the common-core-testing consortia about their assessment plans.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week

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