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No Child Left BehindEspecially for Parents Page

On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about public school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework. Some resources include:

  • Tools for Student Success: Selected Publications for Parents and Teachers
    This catalog provides brief descriptions of a number of publications featuring the latest research and most effective practices in subjects such as reading, homework, and staying drug free, as well as information on how to obtain these publications in hard copy or online.

  • No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide

    This is the essential guide for parents, and provides answers to questions about No Child Left Behind and what the law means for parents, in an accessible and easy to understand format.

  • Questions Parents Ask About Schools

    This pamphlet provides answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as Getting Ready for School, Monitoring School Work, Helping with Reading, and Working with Schools and Teachers.

Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Public Schools

This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of how No Child Left Behind will help close the achievement gap in America's schools.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP, also known as "the Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.

The Achiever, Dec 15th, 2003

The Achiever is the Department of Education's biweekly newsletter. This issue highlights recent NAEP results demonstrating gains in math and reading.

No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program

The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School

Phillip C. Showell Elementary is the "little school that's BIG on learning!" It is a PK-5 grade school located in Selbyville, Delaware with a total enrollment of about 325 students. It is the smallest of eight elementary schools in the Indian River School District whose staff has committed itself to the idea that all students can learn, and with an emphasis on differentiated instruction, PCS has been able to accommodate the diverse needs of their students. As a result, the percentage of students meeting state standards has remained extremely high. PCS has been recognized as a National Distinguished Title I School three times (2000, 2002, and 2003) and recently received the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools.

The Mott Hall School

The Mott Hall Intermediate School, located in the Harlem/ Washington Heights section of New York City, is dedicated to the academic and personal development of students who will become tomorrow's leaders. It is a specialize school for advanced studies in science, mathematics, and technology. Afro and Latin American students, especially those of Dominican descent, represent the majority of the student body and reflect the cultural diversity not only within the school but also in the city in which it is located. By offering academic and life skills training for the whole child, Mott Hall graduates become life-long learners and doers. It has been recognized as a No Child Left Behind 2003 Blue Ribbon School.

Broward County Public Schools

The Broward County School District is one of the fastest growing districts in the nation. Located in Southern Florida, Broward County public schools encompass a unique mix of urban and suburban students. The district is the fifth largest school district in the nation. During the 2003/04 school year, Broward County will serve the educational needs of more than 271,000 students. Not only is the district large in the number of students, it is also the nation's largest, fully accredited school district. Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Frank Till, the district is making great strides at closing the "achievement gap" with notable gains in reading and math scores in 2002.

The Education Trust

The documents on this site, provided by The Education Trust, highlight the problem of the achievement gap, with a particular focus on African Americans and Latinos. The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, kindergarten through college, and forever closing the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other youth.


No Child Left Behind

No Child Left Behind—Especially for Parents Page

On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about public school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.

The Education Innovator Newsletter

The Education Innovator Newsletter is a weekly electronic newsletter published by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement. Each week it includes a Featured Innovation and important news from The U.S. Department of Education and around the country.

How is My School District Doing

To obtain information on the performance of your school district, follow the link highlighted above, select your state, choose the "State Contacts" link, and select "How is My School District Doing". This will link you to school district performance data from your State Department of Education

No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide

This is the essential guide for parents, and provides answers to questions about No Child Left Behind and what the law means for parents, in an accessible and easy to understand format.



Raymond Simon is the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). He serves as principal adviser to the Secretary of Education on all matters related to elementary and secondary education. OESE is devoted to promoting academic excellence, enhancing educational opportunities, and equity for all of America's children and their families as well as improving the quality of teaching and learning through leadership, technical assistance, and financial support. Mr. Simon previously held several positions at the state and local levels including, Secretary of Education for the State of Arkansas and Superintendent of Schools for Conway Public Schools in Conway, Arkansas. He is also a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas.

Dr. Franklin L. Till, Jr. (via satellite) is the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Florida. After his 252,000 students have gone home for the day, Dr. Till serves on the Boards of Directors for Broward Alliance and National Conference for Community & Justice, United Way, Special Olympics, NCSS, and the Rotary Club. Dr. Till began his career in education as an eighth grade mathematics teacher and over the next three decades held numerous positions, including Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent for Education Services, and Senior Deputy to the Superintendent of Schools for the San Diego Unified School District. He has received numerous awards, including the Youth Law Center Leadership Award (2000), the South Florida Museum of Natural History Man of the Year award (2002), and the Richard R Green Award from the Council of the Great City Schools (2003).

Lois Hobbs is the Superintendent of Schools for the Indian River School District in Selbyville, Delaware. Over her eight-year tenure as Superintendent of the largest school district in Delaware, Ms. Hobbs has gained a reputation as a committed reformer with a focus on improving classroom instruction. Despite considerable socioeconomic disparities across the district and a 42 percent free and reduced price lunch rate, six schools across the district were classified as "Superior" according to Delaware's 2003 accountability ratings with district fifth-graders ranking first in the state in writing, second in math and third in reading.

Ivan Neal is the Principal of Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville, Delaware. Under his leadership, Showell's staff have made great strides in closing their student achievement gap within this highly diverse and economically challenged rural community through a commitment to individualized instruction, a caring and dedicated teachers corps and the active support of the community. In 2003, Phillip C. Showell was named a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School, and a State of Delaware and National Distinguished Title I School for their impressive student gains and dedication to student success. In October 2003, Mr. Neal was awarded the U.S. Department of Education's Terrel H. Bell Award for school leadership.

Regena Izzo is a parent of four children enrolled in the Indian River School District and a teacher at Selbyville Middle School in Selbyville, Delaware. As a parent advocate with three boys currently enrolled at Phillip C. Showell and an educator within the district, Ms. Izzo credits the success of the school to a focused and unwavering commitment to student success and individualized instruction.

Mirian Acosta-Sing has been the principal at The Mott Hall School for 18 years. Mott Hall has ranked in the top ten percent of NYC middle schools in reading and in math since 1987. Prior to becoming principal, Dr. Acosta-Sing was the Director of Bilingual Education in District 6 in NYC and held various positions with the National Teacher Corps Project. Throughout her career, she has taught graduate courses at Bank Street, Fordham University, City College, Lehman College, and Hunter College. She has received many college awards for her accomplishments, including Who's Who in American Education (1992), Who's Who in Women in Education (1993), and Who's Who of American Women (1994).

Jennifer Whyman teaches English at The Mott Hall School in New York City. Upon graduation from Mount Holyoke College, she was hired by Cigna Corporation and shortly thereafter, decided to continue her education and received an MBA in finance from the University of Miami. In the late 80s Ms. Whyman joined Einhorn & Company as a specialist trader on the New York Stock Exchange. After more than ten years with the NYSE, Ms. Whyman decided to return to school, and received her Master of Arts degree in English Education from Columbia University.

William A. Garcia is a parent of student at The Mott Hall School in the Harlem/Washington Heights section of New York City. For the past several years, Mr. Garcia has been actively involved to support Mott Hall's reform efforts. Throughout his education at Mott Hall, Mr. Garcia's son has enjoyed a challenging curriculum, specialized extracurricular activities, and a fully sponsored eight-week summer camp experience to establish self-esteem and create positive life-long friendships. Mr. Garcia is an attorney Garcia and Kalicharan in New York City.


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