NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping America's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and midway to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014

Nation At A Glance

Student Demographics: White 55.9%, Black 16.9%, Asian/Pacific Islander 4.5%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.2%, Hispanic 20.5%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Students

United States
Total Students 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Schools

  United States
Number of Schools 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 10,676
Schools in Need of Improvement—Restructuring Phase 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Facts and Figures

Total NCLB funding (2008): $24.4 billion, a 40.5 % increase over 2001 levels
Testing System Status (including DC and Puerto Rico):
Approved: 30 States
Approval Expected: 6 States
Approval Pending: 16 States

Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught 
by Highly Qualified Teachers: 95.76% at low poverty schools, 90.42% at high poverty schools

Secondary Classes Taught 
by Highly Qualified Teachers: 93.76% at low poverty schools, 90.42% at high poverty schools

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

America's Record of Achievement

NAEP Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  % of 4th Graders Basic % of 4th Graders Proficient % of 8th Graders Basic % of 8th Graders Proficient
All 66% 32% 73% 29%
White 77% 42% 83% 38%
Black 46% 14% 54% 12%
Hispanic 49% 17% 57% 14%
Low Income 50% 17% 58% 15%


NAEP Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  % of 4th Graders Basic % of 4th Graders Proficient % of 8th Graders Basic % of 8th Graders Proficient
All 81% 39% 66% 32%
White 91% 51% 77% 42%
Black 63% 15% 46% 14%
Hispanic 69% 22% 49% 17%
Low Income 70% 22% 50% 17%

Source: 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

National reading achievement scores for 4th grade and 8th grade from 2002 to 2007, showing almost no change: 4th grade score is 217 in 2002, 216 in 2003, 217 in 2005, 220 in 2007; 8th grade score is 263 in 2002, 261 in 2003, 260 in 2005, 261 in 2007.

national math achievement scores for 4th grade and 8th grade from 2000 to 2007, showing an increase:  4th grade score is 224 in 2000, 234 in 2003, 237 in 2005, 239 in 2007; 8th grade score is 272 in 2000, 276 in 2003, 278 in 2005, 280 in 2007.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress, Average Scale Scores

Preparing America's Students for Success

Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate: 75%The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)


Graduation Rate (2002): All Students, 71%; Hispanic, 52%; Black, 56%; White, 78%

Source: Manhattan Institute, Jay Greene, 2005

High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams
Source: College Board
666,067 (24.2%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Students # of Eligible Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 3,645,665 529,627 14.5%
Choice 5,450,081 119,988 2.2%

Flexibility Options for States

Teacher Incentive Fund 34 grants in 19 States
Limited English Proficient Partnership 46 States
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities 29 States
Tutoring Pilot 19 districts in 4 States
Growth Model 9 States
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot 4 districts

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