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Building On Results: A Blueprint For Strengthening NCLB

      2007 State of the Union Policy Initiatives
      In Focus: Education

Tonight, President Bush Will Discuss His Priorities For The Reauthorization Of The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  In 2001, President Bush worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass NCLB with overwhelming support, and he was proud to sign it into law in 2002.  President Bush is committed to reauthorizing NCLB this year and building on the good progress that has been made.  Strengthening and reauthorizing NCLB is critical – if we were to lower standards and roll back accountability now, we would be leaving children to the former status quo that failed them for decades.

We Must Strengthen NCLB To Increase Flexibility And Help Struggling Schools Improve

1.   We Must Encourage Higher Academic Standards And Further Increase The Quality Of Available Information On Student Performance.

2.   We Must Strengthen Our Public Schools With Incentives For School Reform And Empower Parents With Options For Students To Receive After-School Tutoring And Attend Higher-Performing Schools.

3.   We Must Help Teachers Close The Achievement Gap Through Incentives For Effective Teachers And Research-Based Instructional Tools.

4.   We Must Incorporate The Education Components Of The American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) Into NCLB, Thereby Raising The Rigor Of Our Nation's High Schools And Ensuring That Our Students Are Prepared For Success In The Competitive Global Economy.

5.   We Must Measure Individual Student Progress And Focus Interventions On Students Who Have Not Reached Grade Level.


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