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President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 2, 2007

Fact Sheet: The No Child Left Behind Act: Preparing Our Nation's Students to Succeed

      President Bush Discusses No Child Left Behind Reauthorization
      In Focus: Education

Today, President Bush Discussed The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) At Silver Street Elementary School In New Albany, Indiana. Reauthorizing NCLB is one of the President's top priorities. NCLB is helping to raise student achievement and make a real difference in our Nation's schools. We must build on the law's success without watering down standards or rolling back accountability.

The No Child Left Behind Act Is Working

Under NCLB We Are Measuring Results - And Holding Schools Accountable For Teaching Every Student To Read, Write, Add, And Subtract. Measuring results helps teachers spot problems early, so they can help students catch up, and gives parents valuable information about how well schools are doing.

We See Good Results From No Child Left Behind Across The Nation. Between 2003 and 2005, 46 States and the District of Columbia improved or held steady in all categories of fourth grade students tested in reading and math. In addition:

We Must Build On This Success And Strengthen No Child Left Behind

Keeping America Competitive In The 21st Century Depends On No Child Being Left Behind. We must ensure our children have the skills to compete and succeed in the increasingly competitive global economy. Meeting this challenge will require us to raise the bar - and strengthen No Child Left Behind.

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