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United States No Child Left Behind Act of 2001;


The No Child Left Behind Act is quickly approaching its deadline of 2014. With the expectation being 100% of students in the United States being proficient according to state guidelines, many people, including teachers, administrators and parents are questioning the reality of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and whether or not the Nation will meet the expectation set forth. This paper describes a select few advantages and disadvantages of the No Child Left Behind Act, and how those various aspects of the law impact teachers and students alike. In addition, this paper also describes the inconsistencies between states in how proficiency is measured, and why according to the Nation's Report Card, even those states allegedly meeting their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), are not proficient according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment given to students. Finally, included at the end, are recommendations for how this piece of legislation might be altered in order to make it a more functional goal for our education system.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Sara E. Montgomery

Second Advisor

Lynn E. Nielsen


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