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Five Steps Parents Can Take To Help Their Child's School Succeed

No Child Left Behind supports parental involvement because research overwhelmingly demonstrates the positive effect that parental involvement has on children's academic achievement. In the event a school is identified as needing improvement, No Child Left Behind requires the local education agency to notify parents and to explain how they can become involved in school-improvement efforts. Parents may help their child's school in a number of ways, including:

  • Attending parent-teacher meetings or special meetings to address academic problems at the school.

  • Volunteering to serve as needed.

  • Encouraging other parents to become involved.

  • Learning about the school's special challenges and helping identify community resources.

  • Taking advantage of the increased flexibility for local decision-makers under No Child Left Behind and talking with school board members, principals and other state and local education leaders about which programs they think will help their students the most.

Parents looking for more information on 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:; or
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.

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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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