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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 7, 2008

Fact Sheet: Six Years of Student Achievement Under No Child Left Behind
Six Years Of Student Achievement Under No Child Left Behind

      President Bush Discusses the No Child Left Behind Act
      Press Gaggle by Tony Fratto and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

One day before the sixth anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings today discussed this landmark education law at Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago.  As the 2007 Nation's Report Card shows, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is helping raise achievement for all kinds of children, in all kinds of schools, in every part of the country.  Students are achieving record success, with minority students, poor students, and students with disabilities reaching all-time highs in a number of areas.  As a result, the achievement gap is beginning to close.

During The Past Six Years, We Have Seen That No Child Left Behind Is Working, And Now It Is Time To Make This Law Even Stronger

The President has sent Congress several proposals to help strengthen NCLB:

  1.  We need to increase flexibility for States and districts to help them turn around struggling schools.  The President has proposed to let States and districts tailor interventions to each school and to measure individual students' achievement growth over time.
  2. We need to empower parents with more choices.  The President has proposed allowing eligible students to transfer out of low-performing schools to private or out-of-district public schools or receive intensive tutoring.
  3. We need to increase support for struggling students and underperforming schools.  The President has proposed helping more students take advantage of NCLB's free tutoring by ensuring that districts notify parents when their children are eligible and by requiring school districts to use the full Federal funds set aside for tutoring and school choice.
  4. We need to reward our best teachers and encourage good instructors to take jobs in underperforming schools.  The President has proposed increasing our investment in the Teacher Incentive Fund to reward teachers for success in raising student achievement in low-income schools.
  5. We need to make sure our children graduate prepared for the jobs of the 21st century.  The President has proposed increasing accountability in our high schools, expanding access to Advanced Placement courses, and strengthening math and science education.  His Adjunct Teacher Corps would allow math and science professionals to bring real-life experience to the classroom as part-time teachers.

Unless Congress moves forward with reauthorization in the coming months, President Bush will ask the Department of Education to begin strengthening No Child Left Behind through administrative steps.  Members of Congress have had nearly a year to consider the Administration's proposals.  Secretary Spellings will also continue discussing these important issues with our partners at the State and local levels. 

In the meantime, the Administration will do everything it can to help Members of Congress pass bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act.  In 2001, President Bush worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass NCLB.  The reauthorization of this bipartisan law is one of the President's top priorities and an area in which he believes both parties can work together to build on NCLB's success, expand opportunity for Americans of all backgrounds, and provide all our children with the quality education they deserve.

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