No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) | ESEA
It's Time for a Change.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is the current incarnation of President Lyndon Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), whose purpose was to raise achievement and close achievement gaps. NEA strongly supports these goals and is working to give all children great public schools. But educators know that NCLB as currently written can’t get us there.
On June 11, 2013, the U.S. Senate began “marking up” the Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013 (S. 1094), a bill to reauthorize ESEA introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released the Republicans’ bill to reauthorize ESEA, the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2013 (S. 1101).
- ESEA: NEA’s Message to Congress—In partnership with states and districts, the federal government should guarantee equal educational opportunity for all students.
- Champion student success—Prepare all students to thrive in college, careers, and life.
- Elevate the profession—Support great teachers and education support professionals.
- Fight for social justice—Ensure equitable educational opportunities and safe schools for every student.
- Accountability—Base determinations of school success on multiple measures, not limited test scores.
- NEA Policy Brief—Multiple Indicators of School Effectiveness
- Federal Role in K-12 Education