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No Child Left Behind: A Collection of Online Resources

On January 8, 2020, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the most sweeping education reform legislation in decades. In order to help our constituents decipher and understand the complex issues in the legislation, the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory has collected the following online resources.

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NCREL Resources

Quick Key Action Guides

Learning Point Associates developed this new series of Quick Key Action Guides to help educators successfully implement the various components of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. These guides build on the quality and success of the first seven Quick Keys, which focused on understanding the NCLB Act.

  • Quick Key 10 Action Guide: Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Using Student Engagement to Improve Adolescent Literacy (2005)

  • Quick Key 9 Action Guide: Implementing the No child Left Behind Act: Strategies to Improve High Schools (2005)

  • Quick Key 8 Action Guide: Implementing the No child Left Behind Act: Teacher Quality Improves Student Achievement (2005)

Quick Keys

The first seven Quick Keys assist educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders in understanding the No Child Left Behind Act. The following Quick Keys are available online:

Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Implications for Rural Schools and Districts

Federal Resources

Committee on Education and the Workforce
(Search "Bills in Congress")

Congressional Research Service—Issue Brief for Congress—"Elementary and Secondary Education: Reconsideration of the Federal Role by the 107th Congress" (12/31/2001)

Federal Register Document—U.S. Department of Education

No Child Left Behind—"Glossary of Terms"

No Child Left Behind Legislation (Full text)
U.S. Department of Education

THOMAS—Legislative Information on the Internet
(Search No Child Left Behind)

U.S. Department of Education No Child Left Behind Web Site

U.S. Department of EducationParents' Tool Box

U.S. Department of EducationState Information Page

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

White House


NCREL's Seven-State Midwest Regional Resources

NCREL's Ahead of the Curve Web Site
Information can be accessed from this site for Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Illinois State Board of Education—No Child Left Behind Web site
This page links to information that can help educators, parents, and communities understand and prepare for the changes NCLB will bring.

Access Indiana
"The Bush Education Agenda"

Iowa Department of Education—No Child Left Behind Web site
At the same time Iowa completes its timeline requirements for ESEA 1994, it must also begin to implement NCLB. …the direction of content and performance standards for reading and mathematics continues through NCLB with additional modifications and accountability provisions. No Child Left Behind has implications for schools and school districts in Iowa. educate/ ecese/nclb/ index.html

Michigan Department of Education
No Child Left Behind Web site.,1607,7-140-22709_22874---,00.html

Minnesota Department of Education
Policy and Guidance—No Child Left Behind Web site.
"Reauthorization of ESEA: Many of the new provisions will take effect for the 2002-2003 school year."

Ohio Department of Education—No Child Left Behind Web site
"This Web site reflects the current best understanding of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The site will be revised as federal rules and guidance become available."

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction—No Child Left Behind Web Site
"As the components of the new legislation become clearer, this web page will provide information about the law and its implications for Wisconsin schools and students."
"ESEA Application Workshops Wisconsin DPI"—
"The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has planned a series of regional workshops for staff responsible for coordination of federally funded programs authorized… under NCLB."


Additional Information and Resources

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
"Resources and Best Practices for Implementing ESEA 2001"
The Best of the Web
This list of resources and best practices has been compiled by AASA's Issues Department to help you implement No Child Left Behind or ESEA 2001. issues_and_insights /ESEA/ ESEA_best_of_web_index.htm

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) -->

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
"Is it Good for the Kids? Focus on U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): ESEA Reauthorization"
Additional resources

Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA)
AESA commissioned a legal brief from the respected law firm of Brustein & Manasevit to analyze the "Eligibility of ESAs for No Child Left Behind" Programs. (April 1, 2020)
What's New? "AESA Letter to Rod Paige"

The Center for Education Reform (CER)
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
Making Schools Work Better for All Children
The Center for Education Reform (Additional Updates: Newswire and Charter Schools)
Making Schools Work Better for All Children
"CER Commends Final Action on Federal Education Bill"
"The Presidents proposed budget for 2003 gives teeth to existing choice provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act"
"The New ESEA: What it Means for Charter Schools"

Center on Education Policy (CEP)
"A New Federal Role in Education"
This summary covers the main provisions of the new statute.

National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)

College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
"No Child Left Behind: Implications for Secondary Education and Transition" (Conference call transcript)
These materials are excerpts from a draft NCEO report developed with support from NCS Pearson NCEO/Presentations/ tele3/ Background.doc

Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
(Search through publications on NCLB)
"Assessment and Accountability Systems: 50 State Profiles"
"The Federal Role in Defining 'Adequate Yearly Progress:' The Flexibility/Accountability Trade-off"

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
"…U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced that the department will host five regional meetings to educate the public about the critical need for challenging content standards and high-quality assessments in K-12 education…"
Education Department to Hold Five Regional Meetings to Discuss No Child Left Behind Proposed Rules

The Council of Chief State School Officers

  • Gaining Ground (Newsletter)
    • March
    • April
    • July
  • No Child Left Behind Act, A Description of State Responsibilities

Education Commission of the States—No Child Left Behind Web Site
"No State Left Behind: The Challenges and Opportunities of ESEA 2001" from Education Commission of the States (2002)

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
No Child Left Behind: What Will It Take?
"Just one month after President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law, a provocative set of expert papers commissioned by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation explores the legislation's key features: its testing and accountability provisions."

International Reading Association
Focus on No Child Left Behind: Resources for Implementing the New U.S. Federal Legislation
"The International Reading Association is developing various resources and references to support its U.S. members as the new legislation is implemented. Click on the links to find more information, and visit this site often to find new materials as they are made available."

Learning First Alliance
"Major Changes to ESEA in the No Child Left Behind Act"

Summary highlighting key changes in the new law.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
Today in Education
"Both U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy agree on the need for education reform, but they differ on whether funding is sufficient"
Paige, Kennedy on No Child Left Behind Act

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
ESEA Information
Miscellaneous resources

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
Miscellaneous links and resources

National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS)
Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA):
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
"Potential Sources of Federal Funds Identified in ESEA for National Board Certification"

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
The Education Report
U.S. Department of Education announces a new Web site education_report/ducationReport8Mar2002.doc
The Education Report
One month after signing thebill, the president has recommended funding cuts. education_report/ EducationReport1Mar2002.doc

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
NCTM Legislative and Policy Update for the week ending April 12, 2020
NCTM Legislative and Policy Update for the week ending January 4, 2020
NCTM Presses for $450M for Math-Science Partnerships
NCTM Legislative and Policy Update for the week ending January 11, 2020
NCTM Legislative and Policy Update for the week ending February 22, 2020

National Education Association (NEA)
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Congressional funding and legislative process frequently asked questions
Testimony on the Title I program

National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)
The Partnership for Reading

National Middle School Association (NMSA)
"Implementing ESEA Testing Provisions: Guidance from an Independent Commissions' Requirements"

National PTA
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
Talking Points

National School Board Association (NSBA)
"Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Legislative Focus During the 107th Congress"
School Board News
"White House launches teacher quality initiative" (March 19, 2020)
"Paige urges school boards to play large roles in implementing new education law" (April 16, 2020)

New American Schools
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
"No Child Left Behind: Who Is Included in New Federal Accountability Requirements?"
"Funding Highlights of ESEA Reauthorization" uploadedfiles/ Funding_Highlights_of_ESEA _Reauthorization.pdf

Progressive Policy Institute
(Search: No Child Left Behind)
"The Doyle Report with Andy Rotherham: ESEA Standards and Testing Provisions" (March 2002) /ppi_ci.cfm? knlgAreaID=110& subsecid=136&contentid;=250352

Reading Today
"ESEA Revision Signed:
Bill brings U.S. public schools more funds, more tests, and more accountability" (March 2002) publications/rty/archives/esea_signed.html

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
"Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
President Bush Signs New ESEA Legislation"
Position Paper and Resources

Title I Report
The Comprehensive Information Source on Title 1 and Compensatory Education
"Announcing: ESEA Implementation Guide/Seminars"—Reauthorization Seminars featuring Mary Jean LeTendre


Articles and Publications

Education Week on the Web—"State Unclear On ESEA Rules About Reading"

"Lawmakers, reading experts, and publishers are urging the Department of Education to clarify reading requirements under the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001, amid widespread perceptions that a small number of commercial programs will win favor while other popular approaches might be discouraged or spurned."
States Unclear On ESEA Rules About Reading

Education Week on the Web—"An ESEA Primer" (1/9/2020)

Education Week—"Testing Systems in Most States Not ESEA Ready" (1/9/2020)

NCREL's Learning Point Magazine—From Congress to the Classroom: Policy and Politics in Education (Spring 2002)

Non Regulatory Guidance (NRG) issues regarding 21stCCLC
PDF version of the "Non-Regulatory DRAFT Guidance"—issues regarding 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

21st Century Community Learning Centers:
State Program
"The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program has been reauthorized as Title IV, Part B of the No Child Left Behind Act. The reauthorized 21st Century Community Learning Centers program will allocate funds to States by formula. Of the $1 billion appropriated to fund the 21st CCLC Program, approximately $325 million will be available for new grants. States will use their allocations to make competitive awards to eligible entities."
Additional resources.

Congressional Quarterly

U.S. Department of Education

"Consolidated State Applications"
Consolidated Application that most states will use for applying for programs under NCLB. A critical resource document.

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