How Will NCLB Affect You?
Note: Congress has reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the statute formerly known as No Child Left Behind. The new statute, Every Student Succeeds Act, was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) includes requirements about parental involvement, highly-qualified teachers, scientifically based reading instruction, tutoring and supplemental educational services, research-based teaching methods, and school and school district report cards.
If you are a parent, teacher, administrator, child advocate, or attorney, these articles will help you learn how No Child Left Behind will affect you.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Terms Every Parent Should Know. This article from the U.S. Department of Education details commonly used terms that parents may hear when discussing or reading about No Child Left Behind.
A Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind. Sue Heath, co-author of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, describes new requirements for teachers and paraprofessionals, school and school district report cards, annual testing in math and reading. Learn about new options for parents, including transfers from failing schools and free supplemental services - tutoring, after-school programs and summer school.
Schools Must Measure Progress & Report Results to Parents. Schools must measure each child's progress every year and report these results to parents and the public. Yes, this requirement applies to children in special education.
New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on
Student Achievement by Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Educators & Administrators
No Child Left Behind: What Educators, Principals & Administrators Need to Know. Sue Heath, co-author of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, describes new requirements about educating teachers and paraprofessionals, school and school district report cards, and annual testing of math and reading skills.
About Teacher Training & Certification: Are We Destroying the Future, One
Child at a Time? We take a closer
look at teacher quality, training and certification. Learn about the findings
of the Teacher Quality Report, check your state's pass rates for teachers, and
learn more about the No Child Left Behind Act.
Reading (see also Research-Based Instruction)
4 Great Things About Reading in NCLB. Regardless of their "category" or label, most kids with special educational needs have deficits in reading. No Child Left Behind includes four legal definitions that Pete is using in his cases: reading; essential components of reading instruction; scientifically based reading research, and diagnostic reading assessments.
No Child Left Behind for Attorneys and Advocates: Reading Instruction, Research & Assessments. This article provides guidance about how to use NCLB to open doors for children with disabilities. Learn about reading, the essential components of reading programs, scientifically based reading research, and reading assessments.
Child Left Behind: Reading by Grade 3. Because two-thirds of students are
not proficient readers when they finish school, No Child Left Behind focuses on
teaching children to read. This article outlines requirements that schools, school
districts and states use research-based reading programs and prepare teachers
so they teach children how to read.
Teaching a Child to Read: Special Ed or Reading First? Sue Heath's advice to a parent whose child is not learning to read.
Tests, Retention (see also High-Stakes
Tests & Retention)
High-Stakes! Can the School Use a Single Test to Retain My Child? Research editor Sue Heath answers questions from parents about high-stakes testing and mandatory retention.
How Will Kids Be Tested? Article describes the No Child Left Behind
requirements about annual proficiency testing and the goal that all children be
proficient in math, reading and science by the 2013-2014 school year.
Turn Back the Clock! In a joint
letter to Congress, more than 100 African American and Latino superintendents
voiced support for the accountability provisions in Title I (NCLB). They were
joined by over 135 other educators, superintendents and civic leaders from across
the country who urged Congress to stay the course on accountability. Download
the Bar of Expectations. Secretary of Education warns that "Some states
have lowered the bar of expectations to hide the low performance of their schools
. . . others are discussing how they can ratchet down their standards to remove
schools from their list of low performers."
No State Left Behind: The Challenges and Opportunities of ESEA 2001 by Education Commission of the States
Child Left Behind Act - A Description of State Responsibilities by Council
of Chief State School Officers (July 2002 draft)
New Heights: Turning Around Low-Performing Schools by National Governors Association.
with Disabilities Under No Child Left Behind: Myths & Realities. The National
Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) focuses on four myths
about what NCLB and IDEA requires for students with disabilities. Also available
Assessing Students With Learning Disabilities Under No Child Left Behind. Make informed choices about state assessments your child with learning disabilities is required to take.
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by Council for Exceptional Children.
NCLB and IDEA: What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do (PDF). Together, NCLB and IDEA provisions and requirements combine to provide both individualized instruction and school accountability for students with disabilities.
the No Child Left Behind Act: What it Means for IDEA by National Association
of State Directors of Special Education
Opportunities for Supplemental Educational Services under No Child Left Behind. Candace Cortiella, director of The Advocacy Institute, describes key provisions in NCLB that are important to students with learning disabilities (LD) and their parents. Understanding these opportunities is essential to making use of the potential they hold for students with LD.
Free tutoring under the No Child Left Behind Law. Your child may qualify for free tutoring, but you need to know your rights and ask questions to get the full benefit of the services the law requires.
Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind
Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (ISBN: 1-892320-12-6) by Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright and Suzanne Whitney Heath includes:
Learn what the law says about -
Bonus! The Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind CD-ROM includes the full text of the NCLB statute with overviews and commentary, NCLB regulations, dozens of guidance publications from the U. S. Department of Education and other references and resources. (contents of CD)