No Child Left Behind
Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics was derived by J. Ron Nelson,
from the extant research literature on effective reading instruction
as reviewed and summarized by the National Reading Panel (NICHD, 2000), and
qualifies for NCLB and Reading First funding.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)
Signed into law
by the US President in January 2002, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA), which was adopted in 1966. The sweeping reforms of NCLB are
intended to reduce the number of experimental programs created under the ESEA and
re-focus educational dollars on proven, research-based approaches that will help most
children to learn. In brief, NCLB calls for: annual testing of all public school
students in reading and math for grades 3-8 and high school by the 2005-06 school year;
annual report cards on school performance for parents, voters and taxpayers ensuring
that every child reads by the 3rd grade; a highly qualified teacher in every public school
classroom by the 2005-06 school year.
What is Reading First
First is that component of NCLB that mandates reading proficiency for all children
by the third grade. Specifically, Reading First identifies the five areas of reading
instruction that have been shown to be effective in helping children learn to read:
(1) phonemic awareness, (2) phonics, (3) vocabulary development, (4) reading fluency,
including oral reading skills, and (5) reading comprehension strategies..
What is Early Reading First
The Early Reading First component of NCLB is intended to prepare young children
to enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading
skills to prevent reading difficulties and ensure school success. It is hoped
that early intervention will reduce the need to spend special needs funding on
What is "scientifically-based" learning?
Scientifically based learning is "research that involves the application of
rigorous, systematic and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid
knowledge relevant to education activities and programs and employs systematic,
empirical methods that draw on observation or experience."
California Learning Resource Network
ClickN READ Phonics has been successfully reviewed by the California Learning
Resource Network and meets the legal and social compliance requirement for the
state of California.
About the California Learning Resource Network
In December of 1999, the California Department of Education awarded the SETS
(Statewide Education Technology Services) Learning Resource contract to Stanislaus
County Office of Education as LEA, with partner county offices of education in
Butte, Humboldt, Kern, Kings Sacramento, and San Diego. CLRN provides educators
with a "one-stop" resource for critical information needed for the selection of
supplemental electronic learning resources aligned to the State Board of Education
academic content standards and linked to model lesson plans utilizing technology.
California Educators with specific content experience are selected through an
application process to act as reviewers once they have completed a rigorous
training program. The review process utilizes the State Board of Education
approved review criteria which covers three areas: Legal Compliance, Standards
alignment, and Minimum Requirements.