Schools Testing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The results of the first school testing by the federal No Child Left Behind standards have been released to the public.

Only 319 of Alabama's 1361 schools met all their goals as required by the federal law.

But state schools Superintendent Joe Morton said yesterday that number is a bit deceiving because another 630 schools met all academic standards but missed at least one of the other components.

Those components are -- having at least 95 percent of students take standardized tests; having a 95 percent daily attendance rate; and having a projected dropout rate of no more than ten percent.

The one-thousand-plus schools that didn't meet all their goals will have one year to correct the problems or begin a series of penalties -- ranging all the way from allowing students to transfer to a higher-performing school to completing a total restructuring of the school.

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No Child Left Behind

  • President George W. Bush signed into law the “No Child Left Behind Act” on Jan. 8, 2002.

  • This law changes the federal government’s role in kindergarten through grade-12 education by asking America’s schools to describe their success in terms of what each student accomplishes.

  • The act contains the President’s four basic education reform principles:
    • Stronger accountability of r results.
    • Increased flexibility and local control.
    • Expanded option for parents.
    • An emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.

    Accountability for Test Results

    • Beginning in the 2002-03 school year, schools must administer tests in each of three grade spans: grades 3-5, grades 6-9, and grades 10-12 in all schools.
    • Results of these tests will show up in annual state and district report cards, so parents can measure their school's performance and their state's progress.
    • These reports show us achievement gaps between students who are economically disadvantaged, from racial and ethnic minority groups, have disabilities, or have limited English proficiency. The report cards will also sort results by gender and migrant status.
    • Within twelve years, all students must perform at a proficient level under their state standards. But, states will set their own standards for each grade, so each state will say how well children should be reading at the end of third grade


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