No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Running Head: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

An act to close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility,
and choice, so that no child is left behind.
Susan Oppliger
Columbia College

    The No Child Left Behind Act, (NCLB) is one of the most important federal education laws in our nation's history. It is designed to raise the achievement levels of all students, and to close the achievement gaps among students from different races and classes. “No Child Left Behind” is the first re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since 1994 (U.S. Department of Education, 2002). This act focuses on teaching, testing and accountability. NCLB requires that all public schools give yearly standardized test. Schools that receive Title I funding must show Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results from the test. If a school receiving federal funds fails to make AYP, then it can be subject to options ranging from developing improvement plans to the closing of the school.

Current Legislation
    No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 --110. H.R.1   Became law on January 8, 2002. This Act is aimed at closing the achievement gap experienced by different classes, and races. This Federal level act requires states to develop assessment tests in basic skills and for those results to achieve the standards set my each state to receive federal funding.                       Education has been an important value in the development of America, and this act is a     member of well established educational polices that display the values set by the people. Since the passing of the first education laws by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early sixteen hundreds, the American government has continued to improve education practices. Being the first to invent free and universal public education it is no surprise for it to continue to need improvements.   (Barusch, 2009, p.354) The value of an education is implied in this act, and the right to an equal...