No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind Overview
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 by making significant changes in the major Federal programs that support schools’ efforts to educate the nation’s students. NCLB places a major emphasis upon teacher quality as a factor in improving student achievement.
The new Title II programs focused on preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals and required states to develop plans with annual measurable objectives that will ensure that all teachers teaching in core academic subjects such as English, reading, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history and geography, are highly qualified.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title II, Part A, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, were provided to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and school districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified.
For the 2017-18 school year, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia awarded seven competitive awards. The professional development grants were used to help Virginia schools and school districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that teachers were highly qualified in the subject areas in which they taught.
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
On December 10, 2015, The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) was signed into law, amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and replacing NCLB. The U.S. Department of Education approved The Virginia Board of Education’s plan to implement ESSA in May, 2018. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by ESSA, authorizes funding that is now managed by Virginia Department of Education. For updates and information regarding ESSA, please visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website.
Additional information about ESSA is available from the U.S. Department of Education.