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No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Politicians, U.S. citizens and educators alike watched in excitement as President George W. Bush signed the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act into law in 2002. The law promised to make all American students proficient in mathematics and reading by 2014, regardless of their race, physical or mental abilities.

A federal education blueprint targeting all states, school districts and schools, NCLB was created to tackle seven areas in the elementary and secondary school, including: closing the achievement gap; improving literacy by putting reading first; expanding flexibility and reducing bureaucracy; rewarding success and sanctioning failure; promoting informed parental choice; improving teacher quality; and making schools safer for the 21st century. (Adapted from the Foreword by President George W. Bush).

About the project

This project examines the impact of NCLB on public schools in cities and towns in three counties: Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk.