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ERIC Number: ED476303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Left Out and Left Behind: NCLB and the American High School. Every Child A Graduate.
Joftus, Scott; Maddox-Dolan, Brenda
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was created to address the unsatisfactory learning outcomes of U.S. students, especially minority and poor students who continue to perform at significantly lower levels than their peers. The NCLB requires states, districts, and high schools to take steps to ensure that all students meet high academic standards. NCLB's requirements for high schools fall into four categories: teacher quality, testing, graduation and graduation rates, and adequate yearly progress. Given the limited amount of federal dollars currently available, school districts seeking to implement NCLB must choose between helping the 6 million at-risk students now in middle and high school and likely to be left behind, or "front-ending" NCLB and other federal dollars at the elementary school level. Most districts are investing the money at the elementary level. There are research-based models available that show how to aid middle and high school students most at risk for failure. These models address the problems of low literacy rates among high school students, poorly prepared teachers and principals in high-needs schools, the absence of coordinated support services for students, and large impersonal learning environments found in most high schools. Appendices include a summary of high school provisions in state accountability plans, state statistics on secondary schools, and additional sources of information about NCLB. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001