ESEA provided federal funding to states primarly for education programs for disadvantaged students in order to support equity in education. States used a formula to distribute funds focusing on low-income students in a school. This act was created on a federal level even though education is a state right.
Reclaiming Our Nation at Risk
Our nation's education was lacking in comparison to other countries', threatening our youth's opportunities and our future economy. In 1983, the Commission recommended that all schools and universities higher their standards and expectations for academic performance. Universities were also told to increase the requirements for admission.
Improving America's Schools Act and Goals 2000: Educate America Act
Both of these acts from 1994 were made under Bill Clinton's presidency. Improving America's School Act required state academic- content standards and tests. The Goals 2000: Educate America Act provided funds to aid states in writing those content standards.
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)
NCLB was a ESEA reauthorization at the federal level. This act made student performance public to parents, tax payers, educators, and policymakers. This made the nation more informed on national education.