The No Child Left Behind Act

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The purpose of this paper is to address the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 10, 2015. The paper will also address the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002. The paper will talk about some of the key components of ESSA in comparison with NCLB and identify some possible strengths and weaknesses in ESSA’s new approach. ESSA was signed into law on December 10, 2015 by President Barack Obama in replacement of the NCLB, which was signed into law in 2002 by President George W. Bush. ESSA reauthorize the previous law Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Baine…show more content…
ESSA is an ideal law because of it’s flexibility on testing and it’s focus on every student’s access to education. The law will build on the hard work educators, communities, parents and students across the country have put to have a high standard education. Everyone want to see their school improve and student’s performance improve as well. Moreover, everyone wants to see high school graduation rates to go up, and high dropout to go low. Everyone wants to see more students goes to college as well. With ESSA, all this is possible.
NCLB was a one-size-fits-all despite its attempt to provide low-incomes student aid and to close achievement. Regardless of “race, income, zip code, disability, home language, and background,” N.D), NCLB was not working to meet every students and school achievement rates because of its excessive testing. This put a toll on both the schools and the students because if the school did not improve the performance of the students, the school is held accountable. Since NCLB is a categorical aid, it has a major impact on local school systems (Spring, 2012). This mean that the school that did poor on the test will not get the aid that they need properly.
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