No Child Left Behind: A Toolkit for Teachers
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Questions Teachers Frequently Ask About No Child Left Behind

NCLB is based on the principles of increased flexibility and local control, stronger accountability for results, expanded options for parents and an emphasis on effective teaching methods scientifically proven to increase student academic achievement.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) by making significant changes in the major federal programs that support schools' efforts to educate all children. NCLB is based on the principles of increased flexibility and local control, stronger accountability for results, expanded options for parents and an emphasis on effective teaching methods scientifically proven to increase student academic achievement.

The following are commonly asked questions about No Child Left Behind, specifically as the law applies to teachers. This information will help teachers understand the content and intent of this landmark legislation and how it affects them as they serve in our nation's classrooms. Of course, as states, districts and schools implement these changes, new questions will arise and new issues will surface. Teachers should also pursue answers from their district and state department of education as the majority of these questions arise from state and district implementation of the law.


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