The Law, Regulations, and Policy Guidance

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Welcome to NICHCY’s resource page on the No Child Left Behind—the nation’s general education law. Here, you can connect with:


The Law (Statute)

Current Name: The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Public Law (P.L.) Number: PL 107-110

Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush: January 8, 2002

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NCLB’s Implementing Regulations

Date Published: December 2, 2002

Where Published: Federal Register, Volume 67, Number 231, 71709-71771.

Includes: U.S. Department of Education’s Analysis of Comments and Changes–which responds to comments and questions from the public on changes made in the regulations following NCLB’s reauthorization in 2001.

Available online at:



Regulations specific to limited English proficient students.
Issued September 13, 2006. These established accountability for the academic achievement of limited English proficient (LEP) students.

Regulations specific to students with disabilities.
Several additional regulations have been issued in the last few years regarding provisions within NCLB that affect children with disabilities. These establish alternate academic achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and alternate assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards.

Final regulations for the academic achievement of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
Issued December 9, 2003



Final Regulations on Modified Academic Achievement Standards.
Issued April 9, 2007.



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Policy Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

The Department regularly provides guidance letters and briefs to support states and schools in implementing NCLB. These are intended to clarify its provisions and often include sources of additional information on given topics. Use the links below to connect with this valuable guidance from the federal agency responsible for overseeing implementation of the law.

NCLB Policy Letters to States

Policy Guidance for Programs Implemented Under NCLB

Key Policy Letters Signed by the Education Secretary or Deputy Secretary

Department-wide Policy Guidance

Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

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