Parents know their children's strengths and weaknesses and how well schools are performing; they have other options and resources for helping their children if their schools are chronically in need of improvement.
Teachers have the training and resources they need for teaching effectively, using curricula that are grounded in scientifically based research; annual testing lets them know areas in which students need extra attention.
Principals have information they need to strengthen their schools' weaknesses and to put into practice methods and strategies backed by sound, scientific research.
Superintendents are able to see which of their schools and principals are doing the best job and which need help to improve.
School boards are able to measure how their districts are doing and how their districts measure in relation to others across the state; they have more and better information on which to base decisions about priorities in their districts.
Chief state school officers know how the schools in their states and in other states are doing; they are better able to pinpoint where guidance and resources are needed.
Governors have a yearly report card on how their states' schools are doing; they are able to highlight accomplishments of the best schools and target help to those schools that are in need of improvement.
Community leaders and volunteer groups have information they can use to rally their members in efforts to help children and schools that need the most help.
Those interested in learning more about No Child Left Behind 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: www.edpubs.org; or
- Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.
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Last Modified: 03/25/2008