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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 rate of departures among state schools chiefs now rivals that of urban superintendents, and some states are turning to district administrators to fill the void at the top.
January 28, 2015 – Education Week
Several witnesses implored Sen. Alexander to maintain annual testing in the ESEA, but he continues to entertain alternatives.
January 28, 2015 – Education Week
At a recent national conference in Florida, advocates and parents strategized on getting more people involved in the growing practice of "test refusal."
January 28, 2015 – Education Week
Worries over federal compliance slow implementation of a new law giving school-based teams the power to develop course-completion and graduation standards for some special education students.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
As Congress kicks off new efforts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the No Child Left Behind mandates on state assessments are at the heart of the debate.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
January 14, 2015 – Education Week
As Republicans take charge on Capitol Hill, lawmakers mull scaling back state testing under the No Child Left Behind Act—a move that would thrill some advocates and rile others.
January 14, 2015 – Education Week
States looking to renew NCLB waivers while they transition to new assessments ask to freeze school ratings in place for one year, the Education Department says.
January 7, 2015 – Education Week
Federal education officials have granted the state's request to delay using the test scores of English-learners in school grades until such students have been in U.S. schools for two years.
January 5, 2015 – Education Week
In a four-decade career in Congress, now-retired U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., put an indelible stamp on education policy.
January 5, 2015 – Education Week

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