Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Stanford Law School
Overview President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002 with an aim for “ stronger accountability for results, expanded flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.” ( http://www.ed.gov/nclb/overview/intro/factsheet.html ) The law requires annual testing for students in grades 3-8 and all students to be proficient in reading, writing and math by 2014. The law also requires schools to have "highly qualified" teachers in all core subjects by the end of the 2005-06 school year. Some school districts, and the Utah legislature in February 2005, have flexed and interpreted the law to meet their local needs. All those interested in education policy are examining the NCLB in depth.