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    About the No Child Left Behind Act 


    The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 authorizes all of the programs included in Idaho’s CFSGA. On January 8, 2002, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) was reauthorized and substantially revised by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The previous reauthorization of ESEA, the Improving America's Schools Act (IASA), occurred in 1994.

    The NCLB is intended to produce fundamental reforms in classrooms throughout America. The law provides officials and administrators at the school, local education agency (LEA), and State levels substantial flexibility to plan and implement school programs that will help improve the achievement of all students and close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers.

     At the same time, the law will hold school officials accountable--to parents, students, and the public--for achieving results. These and other major changes to the ESEA through the No Child Left Behind Act redefine the federal role in K-12 education to better focus on improving the academic performance of all students.

    NCLB is guided by a set of basic principles emphasizing that successful academic performance depends upon schools that:

    • Provide instruction that, based on rigorous research, will improve student achievement;
    • Have highly qualified teachers and principals; · Provide a learning environment that is safe, drug-free, and conducive to learning; and
    • Are accountable to the public for results.

    The complete law and detailed summaries are available on the U. S. Department of Education's website at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/index.html