No Child generation: Federal standards, testing launched much-debated education evolution

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

With school back in session, members of the class of 2014 are looking at their senior year, an educational career that has been different from any before it.

These 17- and 18-year-olds were just kindergartners when No Child Left Behind was put on the table.

Technically, the name of the law is the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001, an update to Lyndon Johnson’s legislation of the same name passed in 1965. The program was so important to George W. Bush that he proposed it just three days after being sworn in as president. It emphasized standards, with the goal of holding all schools responsible for putting kids on equal footing, whether they came from a wealthy household in a gated community, an inner-city housing project or a rural area of central Pennsylvania.

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