Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Currently authorized as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is the current iteration of the ESEA, the federal government's primary mechanism for holding public schools accountable, closing achievement gaps among different student populations and supporting schools in improvement efforts. In August 2013, Maine was formally granted a two-year waiver from school improvement provisions of the ESEA. This flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education allows Maine to implement its own statewide plan to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps and increase the quality of instruction.


Rachelle Tome
Chief Academic Officer