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NCLB Information

Signed into law by President George W. Bush in January 2002, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act has brought many significant changes to schools nationwide, including the annual testing of students in Grades 3–8 in reading and mathematics.

In recent years, the states of the Great Lakes West region—Illinois and Wisconsin—have initiated several relevant and major reform efforts that reflect their commitment to closing the achievement gaps and ensuring that students are learning (NCLB Principle 1), making the school systems accountable (NCLB Principle 2), ensuring that information is accessible and parents have options (NCLB Principle 3), and improving teacher quality (NCLB Principle 4). The Great Lakes West Comprehensive Assistance Center will prioritize its resources and work to address those areas identified by both the U.S. Department of Education and the state education agencies as most needed: assessment and accountability, high schools, innovation and improvement, instruction, and teacher quality.

The following information and links on NCLB will help states and educators seeking to understand the implications of the legislation. The information includes highlights from the NCLB Act Title I and Title II; an interactive implementation timeline for states, local agencies, and schools; a chart depicting state readiness for implementing NCLB; and additional resources.


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