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5 Things to Know About No Child Left Behind


No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is one of the most important pieces of education legislation in America, which is why Missouri Parent created a multi-part series of posts explaining what NCLB is, how it came to be, and what it means to Missouri students.

If you don’t have time to read all of our posts about the policy, here are five things to know about No Child Left Behind:

1) NCLB began in 1965 as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to help close the education gap between rich and poor Americans.

2) Schools Must Follow NCLB to receive federal funding, even though NCLB isn’t technically mandated to the U.S. government. (Learn more)

3) NCLB requires public schools to alert parents if a child’s core academic instructors are not considered “highly qualified” by their state’s teacher qualification standards.

3) NCLB calls for state-level standardized testing, Adequate Year Progress reports, and annual report cards to be implemented across the country.

5) The federal education budget has more than tripled since Congress passed NCLB in 2001.

To learn more about No Child Left Behind, check out these Missouri Parent posts:

What Our Nation’s No Child Left Behind Policy Is
What the No Child Left Behind Policy Means to Our Students
How Our Nation’s No Child Left Behind Policy Came to Be: A History

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