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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 25, 2007
Fact Sheet: No Child Left Behind: Keeping a Historic Commitment to Our Children
President Bush Calls On Congress To Reauthorize No Child Left Behind This Year
President Bush Congratulates Presidential Scholars, Discusses No Child Left Behind Reauthorization
In Focus: Education
"Our ability to compete in the 21st century depends upon educating [our] children... As Presidential Scholars, you leave your high school with confidence in your ability, and you've got a great foundation for success. We want to make sure that same confidence is instilled in every single child that's getting out of high school. And so what can we do? First, we can make sure No Child Left Behind gets reauthorized."
President George W. Bush, 6/25/07
Today, President Bush Congratulated The 2007 Presidential Scholars And Called On Congress To Reauthorize The No Child Left Behind Act This Year. The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. At least one young man and one young woman are selected from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. families abroad.
No Child Left Behind Is Working
During The Most Recent Five Year Period On Record, The National Assessment Of Educational Progress Shows Nine-Year-Olds Made More Progress In Reading Than They Did In The Previous 28 Years Combined.
The Non-Partisan Center For Education Policy Found That Many States Have Seen Reading And Math Test Scores Increase Since NCLB Was Passed. The study also found that minority and low-income students are making some of the biggest gains and as a result, the achievement gap is beginning to close.
NCLB Must Be Strengthened To Ensure Our Children Are Prepared For The Challenges Of The 21st Century
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