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No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind Act was passed in 2001 as one of the Bush administration's first initiatives. NOCLB put in place new systems of accountability, requiring states to administer aggressive standardized testing, and funding towards this end. Although the act received overwhelming bipartisan support, in practice, it puts shallow emphasis on testing as opposed to quality of eduction. Today, US students are taking more tests than ever, but rank 27th in math and 22nd in science according to global country surveys. That's lower than some third-world countries.