No Child Left Behind Act of 2001


In 2001, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act under a new name: No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB established a number of new requirements for public schools, including changes to annual testing, teacher qualifications, and the allocation of federal funds. Today, RAND research continues to explore the impact of this legislation, inform public debate, and provide clear recommendations for the future.

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    Reauthorizing ESEA: Four Recommendations to Improve Teaching Effectiveness

    Feb 3, 2015

    Policies aimed at boosting teaching effectiveness are a key component of a strong ESEA reauthorization. Addressing discrepancies in teacher quality helps teachers improve, retains effective teachers, and makes the teaching profession an attractive option for those contemplating careers.

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    Recommendations for ESEA Reauthorization That Support Innovation

    Jan 27, 2015

    As lawmakers consider the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is critical that in meeting their objectives they do not create unnecessary obstacles to the productive innovations being explored at schools, such as personalized learning.

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