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Bell Ringer: Landmark Legislation: 2002 No Child Left Behind Law

Rationale for The No Child Left Behind Act

This clip from 2001 features former Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and John Boehner (R-OH) talking about the No Child Left Behind Act as the House of Representatives was getting ready to consider it.


Frederick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and Carolyn Heinrich, a professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, discuss the 2002 No Child Left Behind law including what was included in the legislation, the impact, and legacy of the act.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Clip #1: Explain what was included in this legislation as Representative George Miller discussed.
  • Clip #1: Explain how accountability was measured as Rep. John Boehner described.
  • Clip #2: Explain three things that NCLB did as Rick Hess discussed.
  • Clip #2: How does Carolyn Heinrich describe the impact of NCLB?
  • Clip #3: What did this legislation establish?
  • Clip #4: How does Rick Hess describe the legacy of this legislation?

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