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Create a Culture of Achievement | Performance Goals

State Accountability Systems in Compliance [PDF, 1.7MB]

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 placed new requirements on state accountability systems, requirements designed to improve student achievement. After three years of working within the provisions of the law, Secretary Spellings announced a "more workable, sensible approach" that remains true to the law's mission while taking into account each state's unique situation. The new flexibility guidelines are captured in Raising Achievement: A New Path for No Child Left Behind.

Local Flexibility for Targeting Federal Funds [PDF, 1.7MB]

A collection of federal programs gives states, school districts, and schools the authority to target identified federal program funds to unique local education needs. These programs include the following:

Customer Satisfaction With Department [PDF, 1.7MB]

To measure how well our products and services meet the needs of the people we serve, the Department surveyed state-level education leaders who direct federal programs in their states. Results of the survey indicated an American Customer Satisfaction Index score of 63, which we will benchmark against businesses and other federal agencies.

Expansion of Choice Options for Parents [PDF, 1.7MB]

Parents of public school children who attend a Title I school designated by the state to be in need of improvement have choices under the provisions of No Child Left Behind. They may send their child to another public school, and, if the school's status remains "in need of improvement" for more than one year, families whose children stay in the home school may enroll their children in supplemental educational services (tutoring). Parents' options within the public school system have increased with the growing numbers of public charter schools that create alternatives to the traditional public school.

Evidence-Based Approaches to Instruction [PDF, 1.7MB]

The No Child Left Behind goal—all students proficient in reading and mathematics by SY 2013-14—has the best chance of being met if classroom instruction is built around what works. The Department's What Works Clearinghouse just released research findings on what works in middle school mathematics interventions.