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Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Mathematics and Science

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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 addressed—too many teachers teaching out-of-field; too few students taking advanced coursework; and too few schools offering a challenging curriculum and textbooks" ( 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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