Office of Accountability

Public School Choice

The NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (NCLB) ACT of 2001 is a federal law to improve education for all children. It holds schools responsible for results, gives parents greater choices, and promotes teaching methods that work. This fact sheet will point out one part of the law important for parents to know.

Under the NCLB law, all schools must make adequate yearly progress. If a school does not make adequate yearly progress two years in a row, in the same subject and grade, the school is identified as in need of improvement. With help from the district and the New York State Education Department, the school must take action to improve the performance of its students. Schools must tell parents how they plan to improve the school and how parents can work with the principal and the teachers to help the school improve.

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Last Updated: June 23, 2016