The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a federal law which provides an overall system for improving student achievement. This law has three goals:

  • To make sure that all students in a school as well as students from low-income families, minority populations, Limited English Proficient students and students with disabilities perform well in the areas of reading and mathematics.
  • To hold schools responsible if all children are not on grade level or above.
  • To make sure that there is a highly qualified teacher in each classroom.

Every child in the United States will be required to meet the standards set forth by this law. Under this law, each state is given the flexibility to define their standards in ensuring that students are “proficient” in reading and mathematics. North Carolina has defined this as being on grade level or above (Level III or IV on the End-of-Grade tests). Click here to read more about the No Child Left Behind act.