On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This new law represents his education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since it was enacted in 1965. It changes the federal role in education by asking America's schools to describe their success in terms of what each student accomplishes. The act contains the president's four basic education reform principles.
- Stronger accountability for results
- Local control and flexibility
- Expanded options for parents
- An emphasis on effective and proven teaching methods.
In sum, this lawin partnership with parents, communities, school leadership and classroom teacherswill ensure that every child in America receives a great education and that no child is left behind.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 helps schools to establish safe, disciplined and drug-free educational environments that foster the development of good character and good citizenship. To assist schools in achieving this goal, the Department of Education created the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. For more information about OSDFS and its programs, visit www.ed.gov/offices/OSDFS.
For more information on No Child Left Behind, visit the Web site at http://www.nochildleftbehind.gov or call 1-800-USA-LEARN.