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"No Child Left Behind Act": Regulations for States (Excerpt)


The federal "No Child Left Behind" Act was created to ensure equal quality of education for all students. One frequent problem in education is the "achievement gap" between students from different backgrounds. Some examples of this include: low income and high income student backgrounds, or native English speaker versus students who learn English as a second language.

While the legislation is federal, the implementation is carried out at the state level. Some of the most controversial - and least popular - are standardized tests. Standardized test scores measure both student and school achievement, and determine funding for different schools. "Underperforming" schools may be closed.

These excerpts from the "No Child Left Behind" Act outline some of the requirements for state educational policy. How does the federal government dictate state law? How might these requirements be carried out at a local level, or at your school?

Source: U.S. Congress. House and Senate. "No Child Left Behind Act." H.R. 1. 107th Cong., 1st sess. (January 8, 2002) Library of Congress (accessed July 10, 2009).

How to Cite This Source
U.S. Congress, House and Senate, ""No Child Left Behind Act": Regulations for States (Excerpt)," in Virginia Civics, Item #563, (accessed January 25, 2022).
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