President George W. Bush only 3 days after taking office announced No Child Left Behind, his bipartisan education reform plan. Less than 1 year later the landmark No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was passed. The major areas in this plan according to the Executive summary by the Department of Education, are increased accountability for States, school districts, and schools; parents and students have greater choices especially those who attend low-performing schools; more flexibility in the use of Federal education money by States and local educational agencies; and a stronger emphasis on reading, especially for young children (Ed.gov).
Each State had to make sure that there was a statewide accountability system covering all public schools and students. The system must be based on challenging State standards in reading and mathematics; annual testing of student's grades 3-8 and annual statewide progress objectives that all groups of students reach proficiency by 2014. All assessment results and state progress objectives must be broken down by poverty, race, ethnicity, disability and limited English proficiency to make sure no group is left behind. If a school district or school failed to make yearly gains toward the goals they would be subject to improvement, corrective action, and restructuring to get them back on course to meet the State standards. Schools that meet or exceed the yearly progress goals or close achievement gaps are eligible for State Academic Achievement Awards (Ed.gov).
Families of students who attend schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring have the choice to attend a better public school within the district at district expense for transportation and must use 5% or its Title I funds for this purpose (Ed.gov).
Students attending schools that continue to be failing for at least 3 of the 4 preceding years, must be able to use Title I funds to... [continues]
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