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No Child Left Behind


Diary of a First Year Teacher

Teacher Toolbox  –  No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was enacted on January 8, 2002. NCLB focuses on accountability for all schools, local control and options for parents. The legislation requires schools to use research based curricula and instructional techniques that have been proven to work in classrooms across America. A brief question-and-answer section appears below, followed by commonly used terms and links to more information.

How does No Child Left Behind help teachers?

Teachers gain information about each child's academic ability through yearly testing in the areas of reading and math in grades 3-8 and 10-12. Assessments provide information about each child's strengths and weaknesses. Thus, aiding in the development of lesson plans and instruction geared for each child to have success.

No Child Left Behind also provides resources to schools and teachers to help in the education of their students. States can apply to qualify for 'Reading First' funds.

How does No Child Left Behind help parents?

Parents are given information about their child's and schools progress in the area of reading and math each year in grades 3-8 and 10-12. In the 2007-2008 school year science will also be assessed.

School districts must provide you with the academic achievement of your child on these yearly assessments, as well as an easy to read report card documenting student achievement in the school.

Common Definitions to Know

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) an individual state's measure of yearly progress toward achieving state academic standards. "Adequate Yearly Progress" is the minimum level of improvement that states, school districts and schools must achieve each year.

Local Education Agency (LEA) is a public board of education or other public authority within a state that maintains administrative control of public elementary or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district or other political subdivision of a state.

State Educational Agency (SEA) is the agency primarily responsible for thestate supervision of public elementary and secondary schools.

Supplemental Services Students from low-income families who are attending schools that have been identified as in need of improvement for two years will be eligible to receive outside tutoring or academic assistance. Parents can choose the appropriate services for their child from a list of approved providers. The school district will purchase the services.

For More Information

First Year Teacher was a pilot project of Reading Rockets, which is service of WETA, Washington D.C.'s flagship public television station. Funding for First Year Teacher was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and The Overbrook Foundation.

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