Must Measure Student Progress Every Year & Report Results
July 24, 2002, Secretary Rod Paige sent
a letter to state and local education leaders throughout the nation
about the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) provisions of the No
Child Left Behind Act.
Child's Progress Must Be Measured Every Year
No Child Left Behind requires that each child and each group
of children (broken out by race, income level, special education
status, and English proficiency) have their progress measured
Results will be reported to parents for each child and to the
public for each group.
The new law will ensure that schools are held accountable for the
achievement of all students. It sets a new standard for measuring
achievement and has real consequences for schools that fail to make
progress over time.
that schools are held accountable for all students meeting state standards
is central to this bipartisan law's goal of ensuring that no child
is left behind," said Paige. "Under this historic law, schools must
measure and report on overall student performance and the achievement
of various groups of students. With this level of diagnosis and the
valuable information state and local leaders, parents and others will
soon have, we can all work together to ensure that all students succeed
and that the achievement gap is closed, once and for all."
& Districts Have More Flexibility
The new law gives states and school districts significant flexibility
in how they tailor resources and interventions to the needs of schools
in need of improvement.
"States do not have to start from square one; this law builds on the
accountability systems that states have been developing since or before
the 1994 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act," said Paige. "NCLB sets the minimum requirements for statewide
accountability systems, and states will be able to build upon the
new requirements to enhance their current systems."
new definition of AYP will help states and districts accurately identify
which schools need improvement and where they should focus their resources
beginning in the 2003-04 school year.
The U. S. Department of Education expects to issue draft regulations in
the very near future and also related guidance that will help states
and school districts implement NCLB.
No Child Left Behind Act
No Child Left Behind Act will have a big impact on your child's
education. You need to learn about this new law so we collected resources
to help you get started.
Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind. Learn about new requirements
for certification of teachers and paraprofessionals; school and school
district report cards; reading grants; annual testing in math and
reading; new options for parents including transfers from failing
schools and free supplemental services - tutoring, after-school programs
and summer school. Printer-friendly
version of A Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind
Child Left Behind Act - What Does It Mean to You? Comprehensive
article about the No Child Left Behind Act; includes links to brochures
and fact sheets.
About Teacher Training & Certification: Are We Destroying the
Future, One Child at a Time?" we look at teacher quality,
training and certification. Learn about
the findings of the Teacher Quality Report, check your state's pass
rates for teachers, and learn more about the No Child Left Behind
from 8,652 Failing Schools Can Transfer This Fall - Is Your Child's
School on "The List"?
This fall, students in more than 8,600 schools will be able to attend
a higher-performing school in their district because they attend low
performing / failing schools. Does your child attend a failing school?
To learn about failing schools and parent options, read this news
release from the U. S. Department of Education. The release
includes a table of failing schools by state.
From U. S. Department of Education
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Fact Sheets: These fact sheets provide important information
- and it's hard for the school to argue with the U. S. Department
About Measuring Progress: For too long, America's education
system has not been accountable for its results. Too many children
have been locked in failing schools and left behind.
About Reading Achievement: More than 60% of 12th grade students
are not proficient readers - they do not have the reading skills they
need in life. NCLB Act requires schools to provide teachers with up-to-date
information about how to use scientific-based research to teach reading
and to actually use these methods and related material in the classroom.
About Good Teachers: Nothing is more important to a
child's success in school than finding well-prepared teachers. But
millions of children do not have the benefit of a well-prepared teacher
in their classrooms.
Child Left Behind Electronic Newsletter: Subscribe
to this newsletter, get information and updates about the No Child
Left Behind Act.
Tool Box includes brochures and
information that you can receive from the U. S. Department of Education.