No Child Left Behind Act

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1. Definition of the Policy
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002, is a comprehensive overhaul of the federal governments requirements of state and local education systems (www.nclb.gov). It reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and replaces the 1994 Improving Americas Schools Act.

2. General Background Information
President Bush has made education his number one domestic priority (www.ed.gov). On January 23, 2001 he sent his NCLB plan for comprehensive education reform to Congress. At that time, he asked members of Congress to engage in an active bipartisan debate on how we can use the federal role in education to closet he achievement gap
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Because of this law, classroom programs around the United States have to be drastically changed in order to meet the requirements of this new law. Being just a year shy of graduating, it is imperative that I become informed of this law. Although I do not agree with the majority of what the President has proposed, it is something by law has to be implemented in America's public schools. In addition, the law requires teachers who are highly qualified in their subject area. Although I am in a professional teacher preparation program, school systems have to have extremely high standards when hiring new teachers. Therefore, being informed of this new law only prepares me better for the hiring process that is in the distant future.

6. Summary of Three Sources Used from the Literature
1. (2003). The No Child Left Behind Database. Education Commission of the States. Retrieved March 12, 2003 from the World Wide Web: www.ecs.org. This site provides policymakers, staff, and the public with a one stop shop for learning the day-to-day status of how state policies match up with NCLB requirements. Additional resources, such as ECS publications and state plans complete the picture. The site offers four basic forms which can be accessed. They are a National Grid, a 50-State Map, State Status, and State Comparisons.

2. (2002, July 11). Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act Legislation and Policies Website.

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