For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 11, 2004
Fact Sheet: No Child Left Behind Is Making a Difference for America's Children
Today's Presidential Action
Today, President Bush visited Van Buren, Arkansas to highlight the
No Child Left Behind Act, which is producing real results for
every child in America with an absolute commitment to closing the
achievement gap so every child can receive a quality education.
President Bush has requested unprecedented funding increases for
education with his overall Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 budget which
represents a 49% funding increase for elementary and secondary
education since FY 2001. For the first time, this funding is tied to
real accountability for results, and the FY 2005 budget includes:
$13.3 billion in Title I funding, to support increased academic
achievement for disadvantaged students, for a total that represents a
52% increase since FY 2001.
$11.1 billion for special education programs, in total, an
increase of 75% since FY 2001.
$1.3 billion for reading programs, for a total that is quadruple
the amount spent in FY 2001.
No Child Left Behind is Making a Difference
Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students: President Bush signed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) into law to ensure that all
students become proficient at reading and math and to close the
achievement gap that exists between students of different
socio-economic backgrounds. Using unique state-designed accountability
plans, schools are measuring the progress of student achievement,
keeping parents informed of student and school progress, identifying
schools in need of improvement, and providing support for these schools
In January 2001, only 11 states were in full compliance with
previous Federal education accountability standards. With the
President's unwavering commitment to education, by June 2003, all 50
states had approved accountability plans under NCLB to ensure that
students become proficient in reading and math.
NCLB has already begun to make a difference for students,
teachers, and administrators across the United States. Math
scores have increased by 9 points for fourth-graders and 5 points for
eighth-graders since the 2000 National Assessment of Education Progress
(NAEP). Low-income fourth-graders have improved even more dramatically
on the NAEP, with an increase of 14 points.
According to a study released in March 2004 by the Council of
Great City Schools, the achievement gap in both reading and math
in urban schools between African-Americans and whites, and Hispanics
and whites, is narrowing. The report shows that all children can learn
if given the chance.
Reading is the Key to Success: President Bush believes reading is the cornerstone of a good education. So the President proposed and signed into law the Reading First and Early Reading First initiatives, the largest Federal reading programs, to ensure that every child learns to read by the third grade. These programs promote
scientifically-based reading instruction programs that are proven to
work for every child.
All 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and the
Bureau of Indian Affairs are participating in Reading First to ensure
that every child is reading on grade level by the end of the third
grade. Reading First funds also provide training to tens of thousands
of teachers. Already, states have received over $1.8 billion in
Reading First grants as part of the President's five-year, $5 billion
Reading First is improving reading instruction and raising student
achievement for more than 1.2 million students in kindergarten through
third grade. Effective early reading instruction can prevent the
difficulties that too many American students, especially disadvantaged
students, now face. Progress in reading programs is closely monitored
to provide immediate intervention and prevent students from falling
President Bush supports America's teachers through Reading First
by providing professional development to more than 73,000
kindergarten through third grade teachers. This training ensures that
teachers, including special education teachers, have the skills they
need to teach reading and monitor student progress.