No Child Left Behind. The Federal Education Law and Science Education May, 2004. Key Provisions NCLB. What is No Child Left Behind? NCLB is the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the federal law for K-12 education. . No Child Left Behind. Key Provisions in the New Law
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The Federal Education Law and Science Education
What is No Child Left Behind? NCLB is the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the federal law for K-12 education.
Key Provisions in the New Law
Intent: To raise the academic levels of all students especially students in schools targeted for improvement.
By 2005-06, all core subject teachers must be highly qualified. Teachers must have: 1) a bachelor's degree, 2) full state certification or licensure, and 3) prove that they know each subject they teach.
High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE): may consist of a combination of teaching experience, professional development, and knowledge in the subject garnered over time in the profession.
Check your state department of education website to see how your state defines and enforces the highly qualified federal definition
States may determine, based on their certification requirements, to allow science teachers to demonstrate they are highly qualified either in broad science field or individual fields of science (physics, biology or chemistry)
Criticisms: Unworkable requirements (too much, too fast, too punitive)
Lack of capacity among schools and states to carry out law’s requirements
Lack of funding for NCLB, compounded by state fiscal problems
State tracking of their HQT varies
Percentage of HQ teachers in these states:
CA: 48 % CT: 96
Virginia: 80 Indiana: 96
Arkansas: 97 Maryland: 64.5
No Child Left Behind
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Title II Guidance Link
NEA Great City Schools
Public Education Network