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No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

"We're as mad as hell, and we're not going to do this anymore!"

Susan Ohanian–
Teacher and Activist

Understanding No Child Left Behind (NCLB) (again known as Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Countdown to Turnaround

By 2014 every school in America will have been declared deficient except for those who can proclaim that 100% of its students are performing at grade level according to state mandated tests. Those schools that do not make annual yearly progress (AYP) are doomed to restructuring through a process called turnaround.

To understand how process works you may want to take a few minutes to review a slide presentation brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education entitled No Child Left Behind, Accountability and AYP.


Realizing that 85% of American schools would be rated as failing under No Child Left Behind by 2014, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has encouraged states to apply for a waiver.  The waiver does not excuse states from NCLB provisions and will be costly -- another unfunded mandate from the federal government.  Since the Senate is in the process of revising NCLB/ESEA, it seems the intelligent thing for states to do is wait for Senate rulings before applying for a “waiver.”

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