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No Child Left Behind

  • By: John T. Holton
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 is the reauthorized version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed in 1965 and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson that year. The ESEA is the main federal education law and sets forth the conditions under which local public schools and districts receive federal aid. The terms of the law are revisited every 7 years, the most recent revision being passed by Congress in 2001 and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002. NCLB has defined and redefined all forms of public school curriculum design and development and has transformed contemporary directions of research in the field of curriculum studies.

The changes from earlier reauthorizations was generated by frustration ...

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