The Benefits of No Child Left Behind

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Advantages of No Child Left Behind

President George Bush signed the ‘No Child left behind’ law in 2002. The intent of this law is to guarantee every student, in the American school system, is offered the same opportunities. There are many benefits NCLB offers to students in America’s schools. One benefit is an effort that supports learning in the early years, thereby preventing many learning difficulties that may arise in students, later in the learning process (Department of Education, 2004). For example, the National Institute of Health estimates that 15 percent of the U.S population has some type of learning disability (Department of Education, 2002, p.74). Suppose these learning disabilities are detected earlier in school, some students may receive therapy and correct this disability. Some facts that show how important early learning is for a students development are: Children who enter school with language skills and pre-reading skills (e.g., understanding that print reads from left to right and top to bottom) are more likely to learn to read well in the early grades and succeed in later years (Department of Education, 2004). ‘NCLB’ targets resources for early childhood education so that all children begin their education with the right start. The category of Specific Learning Disability, its definition, assessment, and eligibility criteria, are currently the subject of much discussion (Department of Education, 2004.ii) Nearly 3 million school-age students are currently receiving special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) due to identified specific learning disabilities (SLD) (The Advocacy Institute, 2004). With so many children suffering from disabilities, many would believe ea...

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Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia, Public Education in the United States, 2004 < © 1997-2004 Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved November 28, 2004>

This encyclopedia article described the public education system in America and the large portion of the education system now revolves around NCLB standards.

Business week, (2 August 2004). A vote for no child left behind. Business Week. Retrieved November 28, 2004, from LexisNexis database.

This magazine article discusses the support for NCLB from business.

Roebuck, K. (19 October 2004). Time near city schools district plan. Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved November 28, 2004, from LexisNexis database.

This newspaper article discusses the ineffective results of NCLB on Pittsburgh areas schools.

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