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No Child Left Behind Is Working to Close the Achievement Gap

The progress of racial/ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, limited English proficient students, and low-income students on fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade mathematics state assessments between 2003 and 2004 shows that No Child Left Behind is working to address the largest and most persistent achievement gaps. More

Federal Civil Rights Laws Protect Equal Access

The Department enforces civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age in programs that receive federal financial assistance. More

Evidence-Based Research Focuses on Promoting Educational Excellence

In 2005, the Department established new priorities for federal education research—priorities that ensure that our research will provide teachers and policymakers with evidence of what works in the classroom. More 

ESEA Celebrates 40 Years of
Access and Excellence  

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 marked its 40th anniversary in 2005.

Eight reauthorizations of the act have continued to uphold its initial mission: equal access and educational excellence for all. More