No Child Left Behind

The latest news about No Child Left Behind including, archives, opinion essays, and special features. No Child Left Behind was replaced in Dec. 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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. (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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Duncan, who leaves in December, has pushed through dramatic levels of change in K-12 policy over nearly seven years in office.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
As his annual back-to-school bus tour rolled along, the Secretary of Education talked talked waivers, common core, and other issues with Education Week's Alyson Klein.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week
Questions loom on enforcement as 16 states get the federal nod on their plans to make sure all students have to high-quality teachers.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
The Education Department's earlier hard-line approach on tying evaluations to student test scores is giving way to greater flexibility.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
Dueling bills passed in both chambers to overhaul the federal education law face lawmakers fresh off a five-week summer sabbatical.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
The Minnesota Republican's forthcoming departure puts added pressure on lawmakers to come to an agreement on their respective ESEA overhauls by the end of the year.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
It can be tough to draw a clear line between the K-12 policies a governor pushed while in office and improvements in student achievement, researchers say.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
The recent Ed Next survey reveals disparate opinions on what children should be learning, says Harvard's Paul E. Peterson.
September 4, 2015 – Education Week
Now that the federal government is giving states more flexibility in shaping their accountability systems, the question is: What will these new systems look like?
August 19, 2015 – Education Week
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