No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Overview and Highlights of NCLB

NCLB was signed into law January 8, 2002.  It is the latest revision of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is regarded as the most significant federal education policy initiative in a generation.

The overall purpose of the law is to ensure that each child in America is able to meet the high learning standards of the state where he or she lives.  The specific goals of the law, as spelled out in the Federal Register issued on March 6, 2002, are:

To help schools and districts meet these goals, the law provides a blend of requirements, incentives and resources.  The requirements include:

NCLB will provide nearly $1 billion annually in additional funding over the next five years to help states and districts strengthen K-3 reading programs, before- and after-school programs, charter schools, reading readiness for preschool children, teacher professional development and education technology.   In addition, the law gives local districts and the state some flexibility in combining funds to meet identified priorities.  State plans must be completed by May 28, 2002, with input from external partners.