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On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Act, which embodies his education reform plan sent to Congress on January 23, 2001, is the most sweeping reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since ESEA was enacted in 1965. It redefines the federal role in K-12 education and will help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. It is based on four basic principles: stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.

For more information about Reading First, you may refer to these resources:



Policy Guidance
  • FAQs Related to the Decrease in FY 2008 Funding
    [download files] PDF (47kB)
  • Participation of Private School Students and Teachers in the Reading First Program (April 2008)
    [download files] MS WORD (39K)
  • Final Guidance for the Reading First Program (April 2002)
    [downloadable files] MS WORD (274K) | PDF (132K)

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