No Child Left Behind: Eight Terms Parents Should Know

Please note: This article has been adapted from information about No Child Left Behind provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

This article defines eight terms central to the No Child Left Behind Act:


No Child Left Behind holds schools and school districts accountable for results. Schools are responsible for making sure your child is learning.

School District Report Cards

No Child Left Behind gives parents report cards so they can see which schools in their district are succeeding and why.

Extra Help with Learning

No Child Left Behind may also provide your child with free tutoring and extra help with schoolwork if the state says your child's school has been "in need of improvement" for at least 2 years.

Parental Involvement

No Child Left Behind requires schools to develop ways to get parents more involved in their child's education and in improving the school.

Measuring Knowledge

No Child Left Behind requires states to test your child in reading and math every year in grades 3-8.

Scientifically Based Research

No Child Left Behind focuses on teaching methods that have been proven by research to work.

Reading First

Reading First is the part of No Child Left Behind that is dedicated to ensuring all children learn to read on grade level by the third grade.

Teacher Quality

No Child Left Behind provides funding to help teachers learn to be better teachers.


U.S. Department of Education. Facts and Terms Every Parent Should Know About NCLB.


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