No Child Left Behind

The latest news about No Child Left Behind including, archives, Commentaries, 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.

Issue Backgrounder

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No Child Left Behind
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Blog: Politics K-12

12/07 06:00 am | Amid Black Voter Outreach, Pete Buttigieg Releases Equity Focused Education Plan | Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg wants to ban "for-profit" charter schools, triple Title I funding, and require federal ...

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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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A flurry of parents seeking to opt their children out of new common-core-aligned assessments has some states asking federal officials to clarify test-participation mandates.
April 1, 2015 – Education Week
Half a century after passage of the nation's main K-12 education law, calibrating the proper federal role in education remains an elusive goal and a subject of heated debate.
April 1, 2015 – Education Week
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act has seen numerous changes in its 50-year history. View an interactive timeline showing milestones since the ESEA's passage in 1965.
April 1, 2015 – Education Week
March 25, 2015 – Education Week
Any rewrite of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act will need a new name that captures both its policy essence and the public's attention.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week
Negotiations on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act continue among key senators, despite a recent setback in the U.S. House of Representatives.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week
Decades of policy work could offer rivals plenty to critique should the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state make a run for the White House in 2016.
March 4, 2015 – Education Week
Listening to educators and allowing research to guide decisionmaking will lead to real change in U.S. schools, writes Jack Jennings.
February 25, 2015 – Education Week
The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers step up lobbying efforts, targeting lawmakers in their districts.
February 25, 2015 – Education Week
School Improvement Grant rules out this month give more leeway on turnaround strategies to states with waivers, not just to SIG recipients.
February 25, 2015 – Education Week

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