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NCLB Year 5: Choices, Changes, and Challenges: Curriculum and Instruction in the NCLB Era

Author(s): Jennifer McMurrer
Published: July 24, 2007

This report examines the amount of time spent during the school week on core academic subjects and how that allocation of time across subjects has changed since school year 2001-02 when NCLB was enacted. The report finds that approximately 62% of school districts increased the amount of time spent in elementary schools on English language arts and or math, while 44% of districts cut time on science, social studies, art and music, physical education, lunch or recess.

Note: Although the overall findings of this report have not changed, some of the specific numbers have been revised since its original publication to correct initial contractor data tabulation errors. To review the specific changes made, please click on "Report with Specific Revisions in Tracking".

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Full Report – Revised December 2007 (PDF format, 3181 KB)

Report with Specific Revisions in Tracking (PDF format, 380 KB)

Methodology (PDF format, 254 KB)

Press Release (PDF format, 43.8 KB)