June 24, 2003, Extra Credit
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Flexibility and Funding to Help States Improve Teacher Quality
Research has shown that students taught by effective teachers greatly outperformed those taught by ineffective teachers. One study found that students with highly effective teachers for three years in a row scored 50 percentage points higher on a test of math skills than those whose teachers were ineffective.

No Child Left Behind provides federal funding to states and districts for activities that will strengthen teacher quality in all schools, especially those with a high proportion of children in poverty. President Bush's total combined FY 2004 budget request for programs dedicated to teacher quality and improvement is more than $3.2 billion—which does not even include the $500 million in support from changes in loan and tax-credit policy.

Because communities nationwide face such a variety of needs when it comes to teacher quality, the law gives schools and districts a great deal of flexibility in how the money is spent.


About Extra Credit
NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress.

If you would like the NCLB Extra Credit emailed to you, please send a request to Geoff Goodman at or call (202) 205-9191.


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