American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 is a major legislative reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the principal federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school, that is designed to improve student achievement and change the culture of America's schools. This multi-billion dollar program was enacted on January 8, 2002. While the policy provisions of NCLB do not expire, efforts to begin the reauthorization process started in 2007 and will continue until a new law is passed by Congress and signed by the President.

The objectives of NCLB are built on four themes: (1) accountability for results; (2) an emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research; (3) expanded parental options; and (4) expanded local control and flexibility. Issues that significantly impact speech-language pathologists and audiologists in school settings include:

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