The goal is to show that while this Act seems promising on paper, it has not led to effective improvement in the quality of educations that students receive. According to Thomson Reuters Corporation (2017), the focus has shifted to the academic requirements and ensuring that every student attains or exceeds the set state standards through tests. The argument is that education has become about passing tests and getting to the next level based on a report card. As a result, other key areas of education are ignored. Additionally, the Act does not guarantee that teachers will pay attention to disadvantaged groups of children (Ladd, 2017). In the end, the Act has not achieved ultimate accountability due to various challenges and shortcomings. Essentially, this paper will use existing studies and reports to show the flaws of the No Child Left Behind Act.


Ladd, H. F. (2017). No Child Left Behind: A Deeply Flawed Federal Policy. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 36(2), 461-469. doi:10.1002/pam.21978

Thomson Reuters Corporation. (2017). Criticism of No Child Left Behind. Retrieved from FindLaw: