Q & A Corner - Issue #10
Issue #10 Questions and Answers about No Child Left Behind: Accountability and Testing
This NASET Q & A Corner will provide you with the answers to the following questions about Individualized Education Programs:
- How are school report cards put together and what kind of information do they provide?
- How can parents see these local report cards, which include school-by-school data?
- What information is provided on state report cards?
- What is "adequate yearly progress"? How does measuring it help to improve schools?
- What if a school does not improve?
- How are teachers or schools that do well rewarded?
- What can parents do to help their child's school succeed and meet the accountability requirements? How does the law help parents become involved?
- What impact does testing have on children?
- Will student results be made available to parents?
- Will the results of a child's tests be private?
- On what subjects are students tested and when?
- How is testing handled for children with disabilities? How is it handled for those with limited English proficiency?
- Some say that testing causes teachers to teach to the test. Is that true?
- Nevertheless, state assessments sound like they could take a lot of time and effort. What will be gained?
- Do tests measure the progress of schools?
- How does testing help teachers?
- How does testing help principals?
- How can parents find out if their child's school uses information gathered from testing to improve teaching and learning?
- What about the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)?
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