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No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Originally signed into law in 1965 as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), its latest incarnation is the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. Essentially, NCLB states that each child should be able to meet the high-learning standards of the state where he or she resides.

The March 6, 2002 Federal Register indicated the goals of NCLB as follows:

* Students will attain a minimum proficiency or better in reading and math by 2013-2014

* By the same year, all students having completed the third grade will be proficient in reading

* Students with limited proficiency in English shall become proficient

* Highly qualified teachers shall instruct students by 2005-2006

* Students have the right to learn in environments, which are safe, drug free and promote education

* All students shall graduate from high school

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