One of the most influential pieces of education legislation in the United States in recent years has been the No Child Left Behind Act (Pub. L. 107–110), otherwise known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001. It has changed the environment and the content of school programs for all students, including gifted students.


The avowed purpose of the legislation was to bring more accountability to the public schools. To achieve this purpose the law requires schools to show Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), meaning that greater proportions of students will be judged proficient each year. Schools are required to embark on an extensive testing program that will document this progress.

Failure to meet these goals will be met with increasing levels of sanctions that would ...

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