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No Child Left Behind

Last Updated: 02/15/2016

No Child Left Behind History

The historic reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Schools Act, ESEA, crafted by the late Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy and signed into law by President George Bush with the wide and bipartisan support of Congress, "No Child Left Behind" is a monumental law that will affect virtually every aspect of public education for many years to come. The goal is pure and simple: to ensure that every student in the nation receives a good education.

State and local school district report cards are critical tools for promoting accountability for schools, local school districts, and States by publicizing data about student performance and program effectiveness for parents, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Report cards help parents and the general public see where schools and districts are succeeding and where there is still work to do.

A well-informed public is an important resource in the school and district improvement process.
In the same way that data enable educators to make better decisions about teaching and learning, data can also help parents and other community members work more effectively with educators and local school officials to promote school change. Additionally, the more parents and community members know about the academic achievement of their children and their schools, the more likely they are to be involved in their local schools and the public school system. Equipped with information on academic results and teacher quality, parents and community members can make better decisions and choices. For these reasons, States and LEAs receiving Title I funds must prepare and disseminate annual report cards.

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