As a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Signed into law by President Bush in January 2002, the legislation brings many significant changes to schools nationwide.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, "Among the
underlying causes for the poor performance of U.S. students
in the areas of mathematics and science, three problems must
be addressedtoo many teachers teaching out-of-field; too
few students taking advanced coursework; and too few schools
offering a challenging curriculum and textbooks" (www.ed.gov/nclb/overview/intro/presidentplan/page_pg7.html).
The purpose of this brochure is to help educators in schools
and districts understand the fundamentals of what the No Child
Left Behind (NCLB) Act means for their mathematics and science
curricula. The NCLB Act also emphasizes the importance of
Mathematics and Science Partnerships programs.
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