What Parents Need to Know
September 2007
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The law requires that you, as a parent, be informed of test results so that you can make good decisions about your child's education. Test results are reported in different ways. First, you'll receive a confidential report on how your own child performed on statewide tests. Second, you should see achievement data on your child's school in your school district's report card. Finally, your state will report statewide student achievement information. These report cards will give you important facts about how children from different groups are performing.

Sample of Local Report Card Form 1

sample local report card, with columns labeled Student Group, Reading/Language Arts, and Mathematics; shows spaces for showing results for percent tested and percent proficient in both subject areas for all students and for various different student groups

Source: U.S. Department of Education. 2003. Report Cards, Title I, Part A, Non-Regulatory Guidance,

1 All data should be based on students enrolled for a full academic year.

2 While the goal for percent of students tested is 100 percent, a state, district or school will meet AYP requirements for participation if 95 percent or greater of all students and all subgroups of students are assessed.

3 X = Goal determined by the state.

4 Includes results from all students with disabilities as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including results from alternate assessments. Does not include results from students covered under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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