Standards/Performance: No Child Left Behind
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) expanded the federal government's role in education by setting requirements that affect every public school in the United States. NCLB's focus is to close achievement gaps between different groups of students, requiring that all students meet or exceed state standards in the subject areas of reading and mathematics by the end of the 2013-2014 school year. All states under this act are required not only to establish academic standards, but they are also required to implement a testing system to measure the progress of students' academic achievement.
Each state is required to design and develop achievement targets for the state. In addition, it is required that a state establish a statewide accountability system to make sure that all schools and districts make adequate yearly progress. If a school, district, or state fails to meet adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years, that entity is subject to additional requirements or corrective actions.
All students, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency, must meet the standards by the 2013-2014 school year.
Additional information regarding the No Child Left Behind Act may be found at the following websites: