Note: The State of Georgia is one of 10 states that has received a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Georgia's Elementary & Secondary Education Act Waiver
- Georgia's New Common Core Performance Standards
- Georgia's New Accountability Standards - College & Career Readiness Performance Index (Replaces AYP)
When the U.S. DOE approved Georgia’s waiver and new accountability system, State School Superintendent John Barge stated that Georgia is “no longer bound by the narrow definition of success found in No Child Left Behind. We will be able to hold schools accountable and reward them for the work they do in all subjects and with all students.”Georgia’s waiver will remain valid until Congress either reinstates or replaces NCLB.
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 is the federal law that authorizes funding and contains the current requirements for Title I and other federal educational programs. On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Act has been heralded as the most sweeping reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since ESEA was enacted in 1965. It expands the federal role in K-12 education and was written to help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. It is based on four basic principles: Stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
- Schools are required to help students meet state standards (standards detail what students are expected to know and what skills they should have) by preparing them for tests in reading, math, and science.
- These test results help determine if a school meets adequate yearly progress (AYP).
- Each state set goals for AYP.
- You have a right to know if your child's school meets state AYP goals.
- Each state publishes annual district and state report cards on school performance.
- Report cards measuring each school and district's progress are made available through public agencies, the media, or the Georgia Department of Education Report Card website.
The State Department of Education publishes annual district and state report cards on school performance. The state publishes the report cards in the fall.
Through annual state and district report cards, you can learn how well your child is performing. These annual report cards show parents and other members of the community how the school is performing compared to the other schools in their district and the state. They give information about the following:
- overall student performance on tests,
- student graduation and dropout rate,
- which schools need improvement, and teacher qualification.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
- Under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act, any low-income, in a Title I school that has been in Needs Improvement status for two or more consecutive years may receive supplemental educational services that include tutoring in reading, language arts, and math.
- Supplemental Services (tutoring) are offered to children whose parents did not exercise the public school choice option.
- The Georgia Department of Education consults with local school systems to develop and make available to parents a list of approved supplemental service providers from which parents may choose.
- The local school system is not required to pay for transportation of students to supplemental services.
- Priority must be given to low-income students with the greatest need in the areas of academic performance.
- The local school system will notify parents of eligible children by mail about the availability of supplemental education services and provide a description of the state-approved providers in the area from which parents may choose.
- Letters will be mailed to parents after schools receive their yearly CRCT score reports and the official notification of the yearly Needs Improvement Schools list from the State Department of Education.
Under No Child Left Behind, children who attend public schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two or more years in a row, and are designated for Needs Improvement for one or more years have the option of moving to a higher performing public school.
- Parents will be notified by mail after the yearly Needs Improvement list has been posted by the State Department of Education should their child be eligible for public school choice.
- Parents may access the yearly Needs Improvement list for individual schools at the Georgia Department of Education website.
- Parents who exercise the right to move their child to a higher performing school may not exercise the right to supplemental services.
- The local school system will compose a list of higher performing schools from which parents may choose.
TITLE II A - TEACHER QUALITY
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) raises requirements for teachers and requires states to report on teacher quality. You have a right to know:
- if your child's teacher has a licensing for the grade level and subject he or she is teaching
- if your child's teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status (which may mean teaching a subject he or she is not fully qualified to teach)
- what subject(s) the teacher received a degree in, and what level of education he or she has
- if the teacher is using teacher's aides/paraprofessionals and the qualifications of either or both
- if the teacher your child has been assigned to or taught by for four or more weeks is not highly qualified.