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No Child Left Behind - NCLB

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was a significant U.S. federal law for K–12 general education from 2002 to 2015. It aimed to improve student performance by holding schools accountable for how children learned and achieved. Here are the key components:

Accountability for Results:

  • NCLB used a standards-based model, requiring states to teach and test students to measure progress.
  • Schools were held accountable for academic student achievement, especially when goals were not met.
  • Data was disaggregated to track progress among subgroups of students considered at-risk.

Emphasis on Evidence-Based Practices:

  • NCLB encouraged practices backed by scientific research.
  • Schools were expected to adopt methods proven effective in improving student outcomes.

Parental Involvement and Options:

  • The law emphasized parental engagement in education.
  • Parents had the right to choose alternative schools or services if their child’s school consistently underperformed.

Local Control and Flexibility:

  • While promoting accountability, NCLB also allowed for local flexibility.
  • Schools had some autonomy in implementing strategies to meet goals.


Further information can be found on the NCLB website



Under No Child Left Behind, districts are required to release student information, including names, addresses and telephone numbers, to milutary recruiters and officials of institutions of higher education (§9528 of the ESEA). Prarents wishing to exercise an “opt-out” option must notify the Superintendent in writing. 

Unless onjection to any of the specific items of information is submitted in writing by parents or legal guardians, or by those students theselves who are 18 years of age and older, the district gives notice of intention to provide, release or publish in the district newsletter, school or student newspaper, magazines, yearbooks, or other publications, daily or weekly newspapers, athletic programs, musical or theatrical programs and news releases any and/or all of the following information pertaining to students as may be appropriate under the circumstances; name of student, names of parents, address, age, height, weight, grade, photo, major field of study, participation in recognized school activities, extracurricular activities and sports programs, academic honors, achievements, awards, scholarships and similar information. Under Title 45, U.S. Code, Part 99, Provacy Rights of Parents and Students, parents or students 18 years of age or older who do not wish the release of any of the above directory information must make a specific request in writing to the Superintendent of Schools by September 30 of the current school year. Failure to make such a request shall be deemed consent to release, provide or publish directory information during the school year.