Raising Achievement: A New Path for No Child Left Behind
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As laws mature and are fully implemented, policymakers listen carefully to the feedback from those on the ground so that they can better understand how the law translates from paper into action. In the case of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), it is clear that the law has dramatically changed education for the better in the U.S. by driving achievement up, increasing accountability, giving parents options and increasing the use of scientifically-based instructional practices. At the same time, Secretary Spellings has recognized the need to give states some alternatives in implementation provided that they are reaching their state-set goals and increasing student achievement.

The Department of Education is announcing a set of guiding principles to help states implement NCLB while taking their unique situations into consideration. The Department will take these principles into account when discussing amendments to state accountability plans or consolidated applications to allow for innovation that helps states achieve the goals of NCLB. The guidelines, called Raising Achievement: A New Path for No Child Left Behind, are as follows:

If the above principles are met, the Department may consider (when appropriate and as necessary) the following factors in approving additional flexibility under the law:

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