No Child Left Behind Implementation

  • Implementation of the reauthorized Elementary & Secondary Education Act in Wisconsin

    The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965. This act’s foundational principle of providing educational opportunities to our most disadvantaged youth has remained strong. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), a major reform of the ESEA, was passed by congress and signed into law on January 8, 2002. NCLB redefines the federal role in K-12 education and will help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. The Act encompasses 45 programs across ten titles, totaling approximately $22.2 billion in 2002-03. Wisconsin's total funding amount for 2003-04 under NCLB was approximately $278 million, consisting of 16 different programs, 14 of which have been approved for funding by the USED through Wisconsin's Consolidated State Application.

    NCLB Title Summaries:

    Summary of Title I-A -- Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
    The stated purpose of Title I is to "ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and State academic assessments." To that end, Wisconsin has developed a comprehensive set of standards to measure what students need to know and be able to do, and an assessment system to determine to what extent Wisconsin students have met these standards. We will continue to provide Wisconsin students the highest quality education as we implement the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

    Summary of Title II-A -- Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
    Title II of the ESEA Reauthorization is dedicated to four basic parts: Teacher and Principal
    Training and Recruitment; Mathematics and Science Partnerships; Innovation for Teacher
    Quality; and Enhancing Education Through Technology.

    Summary of Title III-A -- English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act
    The purpose of Title III Part A is to help ensure that children and youth who are limited English proficient, Native American and/or immigrants, attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

    Summary of Title IV-A -- 21st Century Schools
    Title IV includes the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities and 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs. Safe and Drug Free Schools includes local, state, and national programs to: prevent violence in and around schools; prevent illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; involve parents and communities; and coordinate with other resources to foster a safe and drug-free environment that supports academic achievement. 21st Century Community Learning Centers support communities to create or expand before- and after-school opportunities for academic enrichment, particularly for students in low-performing schools. Such Community Learning Centers also offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities to reinforce and complement the regular academic program. Title IV also bans smoking within any indoor facility regularly used for kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education, library services to children, or routine health care or day care or early childhood development services.

    Summary of Title V-A -- Promoting Informed Parental Choice and Innovative Programs
    Title V provides for increased public school choice opportunities by amending previous grant programs supportive of the voluntary provisions of school choice. Title V includes education block grants, charter schools, magnet schools, and the fund for the improvement of education, which provides authority for 21 specific program-like activities. There are four parts in Title V: Part A-Innovative Programs, Part B-Public Charter Schools, Part C-Magnet Schools Assistance, and Part D-Fund for the Improvement of Education.

    For additional information about the ESEA/NCLB grant you may log onto the DPI website ( and click on grant information.