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The No Child Left Behind Initiative and Highly Qualified Teachers

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has been impacting classroom teaching for many years. There have been positive and negative consequences of this mandate. No Child Left Behind defines a highly qualified teacher as someone who has met the following three criteria: (1) attaining a bachelor's degree or higher in the subject taught; (2) obtaining a full state teacher certification; and (3) demonstrating knowledge in the subjects taught.

Address the following in details in your own words with some cited references:
1. Summarize the NCLB initiative; include the â??four pillars.â?
2. Identify positive and negative results of its implementation.
3. Answer the questions below:
a. Do you agree with this definition of a highly qualified teacher? Why do you agree?
b. If not, how would you define and/or measure a highly qualified teacher?

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1. The NCLB initiative calls for increased accountability for States, school districts, and schools; greater choice for parents and students, particularly those attending low-performing schools; more flexibility for States and local educational agencies (LEAs) in the use of Federal education dollars; and a stronger emphasis on reading, especially for our youngest children.

The four pillars on which the initiative is based are as follows:

Stronger Accountability for Results
Under No Child Left Behind, states are working to close the achievement gap and make sure all students, including those who are disadvantaged, achieve academic proficiency. Annual state and school district report cards inform parents and communities about state and school progress. Schools that do not make progress must provide supplemental services, such as free tutoring or after-school assistance; take corrective actions; and, if still not making adequate yearly progress after five years, make dramatic changes to the way the school is run.

More Freedom for States and Communities
Under No Child Left Behind, states and school districts have unprecedented flexibility in how they use federal education funds. For example, it is possible for most school districts to transfer up to 50 percent of the federal formula grant funds they receive under the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, Educational Technology, Innovative Programs, and Safe and Drug-Free Schools programs to any one of these programs, or ...

Solution Summary

The NCLB initiative is illustrated in this tutorial in 792 words. Two references are also provided to further validate the findings.