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February 27, 2004
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Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind

Fact Number Five: No Child Left Behind improves teaching and learning by providing better information to teachers and principals.

Annual tests to measure children's achievement provide school officials with independent information about each child's strengths and weaknesses. Teachers, principals, and superintendents across the country are using the data from state assessments to make more effective decisions for students, schools, and districts.

Districts can use information provided from state assessments to determine needs and target resources.

Principals can use information from state assessments to determine the appropriate professional development needs of teachers and to help meet the needs of all subgroups of students.

Teachers can use information from assessments to inform classroom decisions and provide the best possible instruction to ensure that all students are learning.

Parents interested in learning more about No Child Left Behind can order a free copy of the No Child Left Behind 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.
Note: Fact Number Six of the Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind will be published in Monday's Extra Credit.


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