ERIC Number: ED484218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
"No Child Left Behind": Expanding the Promise. Guide to President Bush's FY 2006 Education Agenda
US Department of Education
Three years ago, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The new law reflected an unprecedented, bipartisan commitment to ensuring that all students, regardless of background, have the opportunity to obtain a quality education and reach proficiency in core academic subjects. To reach this goal, NCLB refocused federal education programs on the principles of stronger accountability for results, more choices for parents and students, greater flexibility for states and school districts, and the use of research-based instructional methods. Since the enactment of No Child Left Behind, President Bush and the Department of Education have worked with Congress to provide states, school districts, and schools with the resources and other assistance needed to quickly and effectively implement the new law. President Bush begins his second term of office determined to continue the work started by the No Child Left Behind Act. His FY 2006 budget request would begin this task by strengthening the impact of NCLB in high schools and by reforming the Pell Grant program to ensure its financial stability. While No Child Left Behind is already beginning to produce improved achievement in the early grades, a wide range of reports and statistics demonstrate that high schools are not adequately preparing students to compete and succeed in higher education or in the workforce. In response to lagging achievement and completion rates in the nation's high schools, the president's High School Initiative would hold high schools accountable for teaching all students and provide timely intervention for those students who are not achieving at grade level. The success of No Child Left Behind, as well as the promise of the president's High School Initiative, demands changes in federal postsecondary student financial assistance programs to help ensure that those students who successfully challenging high school education can afford to go to college or other postsecondary training. This document is a brief overview of the President's initiatives for FY 2006.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Educational Improvement, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Federal Programs, Grants, High Schools, Paying for College, College Preparation
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.