NCLB | The No Child Left Behind Act

Photo of the US flags around the Washington Monument at dusk.January 2011

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, Public Law (P.L.) 107-110, is the nation’s general education law. It was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in 2001. Although it is referred to as NCLB, it actually amends longstanding legislation, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

NCLB has brought sweeping changes to our educational systems. Through this webpage, you can connect with what NCLB requires, how states have responded, and what the law means to children with disabilities.

It’s also important to know that NCLB is in the process of reauthorization. This means that Congress and the Obama Administration are considering how to revise and amend the legislation. This can be a labor-intensive task that involves months of discussion, drafts, proposed changes, committee meetings, and requests for public input. Until NCLB is offically reauthorized by Congress and signed by the President, however, what it currently requires is the “law of the land.” We’ve included a special section on our website to connect you with the ongoing reauthorization discussions and the developing story!


The Law, Regulations, and Policy Guidance
Learn about the current law, regulations, and additional policy guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

Understanding NCLB and What It Means for Children with Disabilities
What does NCLB require? Come here for quick summaries of the law’s provisions and purposes. Also find out how its provisions affect the education of children with disabilities.

Reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB
It’s going to happen in the next year or so…reauthorization of ESEA, currently known as NCLB. What are the hot topics being discussed, what changes might we expect? What’s the latest in the reauthorization drill?