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Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind

Fact Number Two: No Child Left Behind provides more information for parents about their child's achievement.

Under No Child Left Behind, each state must measure every public school student's achievement in reading and math in each of grades 3-8 and at least once during grades 10-12. By school year 2007-2008, state assessments in science will also be underway.

It is important to note that these assessments are based on state academic content and achievement standards. Each state defines its own standards and each state determines what test it will use to measure student achievement.

These assessments provide parents with objective data on where their child stands academically. Only the parents and school receive the results of an individual child's tests. Individual student scores will not be made public.

President Bush's proposed budget for FY 2005 includes $410 million to provide grants to states to pay the cost of developing the standards and assessments required by No Child Left Behind. These funds also may be used to develop standards and assessments in subjects other than those required by No Child Left Behind and to improve the reliability and validity of assessment systems.

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 Three of the Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind will be published in tomorrow’s Extra Credit.


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