The schools are working towards meeting the No Child Left Behind standards. This year, that will mean improving testing programs, looking at weakness in students and curriculum and getting students to have an even higher performance level than in the past.
Superintendent Donald Ford says to meet those goals, parents need to help. "We're going to have to once again call on parents to help us with instruction of children. We're going to have to depend on our administrators and our fine teaching staff to provide the quality education our students need."
Ford says making sure English as a second language students are up to speed will be a top priority.
All schools have to be fully compliant with No Child Left Behind by 2012.
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No Child Left Behind
On Jan. 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This new law represents his education reform plan, and made many changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was enacted in 1965.
The act contains the President's four basic education reform 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.
Here is a description of the four basic education reform principles in No Child Left Behind:
Stronger Accountability for Results
States are responsible for having strong academic standards for what every child should know and learn in reading, math, and science for elementary, middle and high schools.
Beginning in the 2002-03 school year, schools must administer tests in each of three grade spans: grades 3-5, grades 6-9, and grades 10-12 in all schools. Beginning in the 2005-06 school year, tests must be administered every year in grades 3 through 8. Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, science achievement must also be tested.
Record Flexibility for States and Communities
The new law gives all 50 states and every local school district in America greater say in using the federal education dollars they receive every year.
Concentrating Resources on Proven Education Methods
No Child Left Behind will target education dollars to research-based programs that have been proven to help most children learn.
More Choices for Parents
No Child Left Behind offers many new ways to help students, schools, and teachers. It also gives parents options for helping their children if they are enrolled in schools chronically identified as in need of improvement. In fact these new parental choices will be available starting in the 2002-03 school year for students already enrolled in schools that have been identified as in need of improvement under current law.
Source: http://www.nochildleftbehind.gov/next/overview/index.html (No Child Left Behind Web Site) contributed to this report