No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB): Signed into law in 2002, this federal mandate has a goal of having every child in the country performing on grade level by 2014.
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP): It is a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments. In elementary and middle schools, scores on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests students take in the spring and attendance rates are reviewed. High schools are measured by scores on graduation tests as well as graduation rates. Students are placed in subgroups based on their race, economic disadvantage, disabilities or English language learners. If one subgroup fails to meet AYP it causes the school or system to fail.
Title I: The NCLB act provides federal funds through the Georgia Department of Education to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards.
School Choice: Schools that receive Title I funding and that are identified for “school improvement” must allow parents the opportunity to transfer their children to a school that has not been so identified. Supplemental services such as tutoring programs must also be provided at the failing school.
For more information about NCLB, visit www.doe.k12.ga.us.