Q & A Corner - Issue #34

NASET Q & A Corner

Questions and Answers on No Child Left Behind and Accountability

Introduction

Reports on individual schools are part of the annual district report cards, also known as local report cards. Each school district must prepare and disseminate annual local report cards that include information on how students in the district and in each school performed on state assessments. The report cards must state student performance in terms of three levels: basic, proficient and advanced. Achievement data must be disaggregated, or broken out, by student subgroups according to: race, ethnicity, gender, English language proficiency, migrant status, disability status and low-income status. The report cards must also tell which schools have been identified as needing improvement, corrective action or restructuring. Obviously, these report cards are now very important for administrators, educators and parents.  The focus of this issue of the NASET Q & A Corner is to focus on accountability issues under No Child Left Behind.

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