Modern American History: 1950 To The 21st Century

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Colorado Technical University
HIST101-1503A-11: Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century
Instructor: John Bunch
Terrorism and Middle East Wars
Amanda Kranning
August 7, 2015

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as part of the Johnson Administration’s War on Poverty campaign in which largely the original goal remains today. With its main purpose to improve education fairness by providing federal funds to schools aiding students from lower income homes, this act has been reauthorized seven times over the years with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 revision the most recent. As part of the education-reform bill, President George …show more content…

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is a requirement that all schools must abide by. AYP is the measure by which schools, districts, and states are held accountable for student performance under Title I of the NCLB Act. (Education Week, 2011) However, a loophole gave provisions to school districts the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency, even for subgroups that do not meet State Minimum Achievement standards through a process called “safe harbor”. (Wikipedia, n.d.) According to the law, it states that all schools must implement adequate resources to maintain AYP before interference becomes necessary. However, flexibility to define this yearly progress is allowed when following legislative guidelines. NCLB offers a school improvement timeline when AYP is not met. If a school does not meet the requirements of AYP for two consecutive years, they are then placed on what is called “school improvement”. Within this, schools are obligated to draft a school plan in which they would then allocate at least 10% of all federal funding provided under Title I to increasing teacher professionalism. It is also mandatory for the school to offer Public School Choice, wherein it allows families the option of having student(s) transferred to a passing AYP school within the …show more content…

(U.S. Dept. of Education, n.d.) A new revised plan of the ESEA was presented to Congress in January of 2015.


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