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NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND AND YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS

The NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT (NCLB) of 2001 is designed to improve student achievement across the nation so that by 2013-14, every child will be performing at a proficient level in reading, math and science based on results of a state-selected Criterion-Referenced Test.
KEY POINTS OF THE LEGISLATION ARE INCLUDED BELOW.
  • All students in public schools must be assessed on an annual basis using an assessment selected by the state.
  • Students are assessed, at minimum, in reading/ language arts, mathematics and science.
  • State assessment data must be disaggregated according to the following categories – economically disadvantaged, race/ethnicity, gender, students with disabilities, and Limited English Proficient (LEP).
  • Schools that fail to make adequate progress (AYP) after two consecutive years must offer parents one of the following two options:
    1. Transfer their children to another public school that made AYP. Parents must be offered more than one choice, and the district must provide transportation.
    2. Receive supplemental educational services. Parents must choose the services provider from a list of eligible providers established and approved by the state board of education. School districts must pay for the cost of these services, which is based on a pre-established per pupil amount. Schools choose which option to provide to parents.
  • School districts are required to retain and recruit only teachers and paraprofessionalsthat meet the highly qualified requirements. Teachers must meet criteria that demonstrate subject matter competency as established by the state board of education.
  • Parents must be provided information regarding the academic status of their child’s school, as well as the qualifications of the school’s staff (upon request). YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS You are a valued and essential partner in your child’s teaching and learning. As the parent of an Atlanta Public Schools student who is entrusted to our daily care and instruction, you have the right to expect the following:
  • A welcoming environment, conducive to learning activities.
  • Safe, clean and orderly surroundings.
  • Replies to your concerns regarding school rules and practices in a timely manner.
  • Caring, responsive and well-prepared educators.
  • Challenging, motivational and thought-provoking instructional activities.
  • Evaluations of your child’s educational progress at consistent intervals.
  • Confidentiality of all school records unless disclosure is legally mandated or parental consent is given.
  • A cooperative, respectful partnership between the home and school.