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No Child Left Behind
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The phrase, "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) has become a catch-phrase for the federal initiative to increase "accountability" in American education. But while NCLB is a federal program, it will be up to the individual states to create the programs and procedures that fulfill NCLB requirements. (NCLB does not provide funding for most of its new mandates.) As a result, the experiences of individual schools and parents with NCLB may vary significantly.

Regardless of the specifics of the federal law or the states' implementations of that law, it is individual parents and schools who will need to cope with their implications. This article explains the key NCLB provisions, outlines how most schools will need to change to comply with these provisions, and suggests ways that you, your student, and your school can be prepared for the consequences of these changes.




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Adapted from "No Child Left Behind: A Primer" by Caven McLoughlin, professor of school psychology at Kent State University, to be published by the National Association of School Psychologists in "Helping Children at Home and School" (Second Edition).
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