Accountability is a crucial step in addressing the achievement gaps that plague our nation. For too long, the poor achievement of our most vulnerable students has been lost in unrepresentative averages. African American, Hispanic, special education, limited English proficient, and many other students were left behind because schools were not held accountable for their individual progress. Now all students count.
Under No Child Left Behind, every state is required to 1) set standards for grade-level achievement and 2) develop a system to measure the progress of all students and subgroups of students in meeting those state-determined grade-level standards.
This and other information can be found in the U.S. Department of Educations publication: "A Guide to Education and No Child Left Behind," which is available online at: http://www.ed.gov/nclb/overview/intro/guide/index.html.
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