July 25, 2003, Extra Credit
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School Report Cards Are Coming
Under No Child Left Behind, 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.

Likewise, each state must produce and disseminate annual report cards that provide information on student achievement in the state???both overall and broken out according to the same subgroups as those appearing on the district report cards. State report cards include:

  • State assessment results by performance level (basic, proficient, and advanced), including (1) two-year trend data for each subject and grade tested; and (2) a comparison between annual objectives and actual performance for each student group.
  • Percentage of each group of students not tested.
  • Graduation rates for secondary school students and any other student achievement indicators that the state chooses.
  • Performance of school districts on adequate yearly progress measures, including the number and names of schools identified as needing improvement.
  • Professional qualifications of teachers in the state, including the percentage of teachers in the classroom with only emergency or provisional credentials and the percentage of classes in the state that are not taught by highly qualified teachers, including a comparison between high- and low-income schools.
For more information on school report cards and other No Child Left Behind issues, you can order a free copy of No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide by:

  • Calling the U.S. Department of Education???s Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Ordering online at:; or
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.

About Extra Credit
NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress.

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