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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is a federal law passed under the George W. Bush administration that attempts to accomplish standards-based education reform.

The law reauthorized federal programs meant to hold primary and secondary schools measurably accountable to higher standards. It also provided more opportunities to parents for school choice and placed a greater emphasis on reading in schools. NCLB is written so that it requires 100% of students (including special education students and those from disadvantaged background) within a school to reach the same set of state standards in math and reading by the year 2014.