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No Child Left Behind

 
Introduction

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT (NCLBA)

The goal of Central City School #133 is to prepare all children to succeed in school and in life. Central City School #133 has a long-standing tradition of high academic standards from its early childhood education programs through eighth grade. NCLB requires states to set target goals for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) based on student achievement data.

Under NCLBA, it is important for schools as a whole to meet target AYP goals. All subgroups in a school must meet these target goals as well. If even one group does not meet the AYP target goals, the school will not make AYP. State assessment reports along with other achievement information, help school districts to provide the best possible education for all its students. Central City School #133 is using its school improvement plan to address our improvement needs, including those identified under NCLBA.

The following information is to help you understand NCLBA, AYP and other pertinent legislative information that impact our schools.

 
Useful NCLB Web Links

 

Federal No Child Left Behind Act  
http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml?src=pb

Illinois State Board of Education  
http://www.isbe.net/nclb/default.htm

American Federation of Teachers NCLBA Information
http://www.aft.org/topics/nclb/index.htm

Implementing NCLBA and what it means for IDEA
http://www.nasdse.org/downloadnclb.htm

A collection on online resources for Illinois re: NCLBA
http://www.ncrel.org/policy/curve/resource.htm

 
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

AYP is one of the cornerstones of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA). AYP is a measure to compare student achievement scores to determine schools that need improvement.

In Illinois, AYP is calculated using Illinois' state tests. Elementary student scores are tracked in all grades 3-8.

The annual attendance rate, number of students considered to comprise a subgroup, school and districtwide number of tests and grades tested increase from 2003 to 2014. 

Starting with the 2003 state tests, to meet AYP, 40% of students in each subgroup (e.g., racial/ethnic, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities and limited English proficient) for schools and districts must have met or exceeded the state standard on both the state reading and math tests. This required rate of achievement increased to 55% in 2007 and will be at 62.5% in 2008.  In addition, at least 95% of all students and 95% of each subgroup have to be tested.

2009 Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) test dates and information:

  • Testing period: March 1 through 12, 2010
  • Reading and Math testing for students in grades 3 through 8
  • Science testing for students in grades 4 and 7
  • Writing testing for students in grades 5, 6 and 8
  • More information is available on the Illinois State Board of Education website ( click here )

2009 Illinois Measure of Annual Growth in English (IMAGE) test dates and information:

  • Testing period: March 1 through 12, 2010
  • Reading and Math testing for students in grades 3 through 8
  • Science testing for students in grades 4 and 7
  • More information is available on the Illinois State Board of Education website ( click here
 
Consequences for Failing to Make AYP

Under NCLBA, schools receiving Title 1 funding that do not make AYP in the first year face no sanctions.  Sanctions begin at the end of the second year and increase in severity when a school does not make AYP. A school that has not made AYP for two consecutive years is identified as a school in need of improvement. An identified school must meet AYP for two consecutive years to be removed from the school improvement list.

For more information, click here .

For information about supplemental educational service (SES) requirements, click here

 
What is Public School Choice?

Schools receiving funds under Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Title 1 schools) that do not meet AYP for at least two years in a row may be required to offer students public school choice within the district.  Parents in these schools are offered a school choice transfer option.  Public school choice is an option.  It is not mandatory.  Parents may believe that it is better for their child to continue to attend his or her current school.  Additionally, it may not be possible to transfer every child in the same family to the same school.  If demand exceeds a school's capacity, priority is given to the lowest-achieving students from the lowest-income families.

Click this link for a Q&A on Public School Choice

 
Highly Qualified Teachers

Central City School #133 seeks to hire and maintain the highest qualified staff available to provide educational services to your students.  Parents and guardians of a student in a Title 1 school have a right to know the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals, if any, who instruct your child.  You may request the following information about your child's classroom teachers and their paraprofessionals, if any:

  • Whether Illinois has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.

  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisions status by which State licensing criteria have been waived.

  • The teacher's college major.

  • Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.

  • Whether any instructional aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications. 

Please contact your school office if you wish to receive any of this information.

 
Additional Information

If you want more detailed information about annual assessment results for your school, please feel free to contact your school directly. 

Questions specific to school choice should be directed to your school office or to the student registration office.

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