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No Child Left Behind A Parents Guide

U.S. Department of Education

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THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATIONWASHINGTON, DC 20202June 2003Dear Parent:On January 8, 2002, when the No Child Left Behind Act became the law of theland, we began a new era of education in our nation’s history. Democrats andRepublicans in CongressMoreTHE SECRETARY OF EDUCATIONWASHINGTON, DC 20202June 2003Dear Parent:On January 8, 2002, when the No Child Left Behind Act became the law of theland, we began a new era of education in our nation’s history. Democrats andRepublicans in Congress joined together with President Bush in an historicagreement to improve the educational opportunities for every American child.Accountability, local control and flexibility, new options for parents, and recordfunding for what works are now the cornerstones of our education system. Ifyour child isn’t learning, you’ll know why. If your school isn’t performing, you’llhave new options and the school will receive additional help. Ourcommitment to you, and to all Americans, is to see every child in America—regardless of ethnicity, income, or background—achieve high standards.No Child Left Behind puts the focus on instruction and methods that have beenproven to work. It makes a billion-dollar annual investment to ensure everychild learns to read by third grade. And it provides the resources for reformand unprecedented flexibility so states and local communities can get the jobdone.Everyone at the Department of Education is working hard in partnership withstate and local leaders to implement the reforms of No Child Left Behind. Weare already seeing great progress. From inner cities to sparsely populated ruralareas and everywhere in between, we are pressing on toward our common goalof making every public school in America a place of high expectations and aplace of high achievement.This guide is meant to provide you with information about No Child LeftBehind. It summarizes the main provisions of the law, answers commonquestions, and provides information on where you can find additionalresources. I encourage you to share it with your family, friends, and neighbors.President Bush and I believe in the bright hope of your child. As we moveforward, our mission is clear: an America where every child will be educatedand no child left behind.Sincerely,Rod PaigeOur mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.CCCCCContontontontontontentsentsentsentsentsentsIntroduction and Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1No Child Left Behind—The Law That Ushered in a New Era. . . . . . 1What No Child Left Behind Does for Parents and Children. . . . . . . . 1Why No Child Left Behind Is Important to America. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4United for Results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Questions and Answers on No Child Left Behind. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Accountability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 7Testing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 11Reading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Doing What Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Teacher Quality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Creating Safer Schools. .