What is No Child Left Behind and how does it affect students with disabilities?

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The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed by President George W. Bush on January 8th, 2002. The legislation attempts to improve the performance of America's primary and secondary schools by increasing accountability standards for states and school districts, providing parents with more flexibility in choosing schools, and promoting the use of educational practices based on scientific research. The United States Department of Education maintains a website to educate the public about No Child Left Behind. It includes information about how the NCLB budget affects individual states, articles related to policy guidance, and subscription information for an electronic newsletter called Extra Credit, a Department of Education publication that discusses NCLB issues.

An Extra Credit article, Helping Students With Disabilities Reach Their Potential, shares experiences of teachers serving students with disabilities using NCLB principles.