Effectiveness Of The No Child Left Behind Act Of 2001 ( Nclb )

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Introduction This study will focus on the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The NCLB Act of 2001 was a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) (www.newamerica.org). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 was a Great Society program that allocated federal funds for education and looked to hold schools accountable (www2.ed.gov). The NCLB Act of 2001 was passed through Congress in 2001 with bipartisan support and greatly increased the Federal Government’s role in the education system and almost 95,000 public schools to include standardized testing and holding these schools accountable for student proficiency (www.newamerica.org). Data for elementary and secondary…show more content…
Are these students ready for post-secondary education and did NCLB assist in that readiness? NCLB Review The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was signed into law by then President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. The statement of purpose for NCLB begins: The purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments (115 STAT. 1439). Lee and Jacob (2011) write that one of the major goals of NCLB was to make every student proficient in mathematics and reading by 2013-2014. The NCLB most notable requirements were for standardized testing and holding schools accountable through public reporting and sanctions. The law required that states test once a year in reading and mathematics in third through eighth grades as well as once in tenth through twelfth grades to continually monitor change (Lee and Jacob, 2011). Under NCLB, schools were required to make adequate yearly progress (AYP), which was an increase in proficiency chosen by the state in order to achieve its final goal of every student being proficient. There was a six year plan for schools to make improvements inside of NCLB where the sanctions started fairly reasonable and grew in
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