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Where States Stand

December 11, 2002 1 min read

The following charts provide a status report on states’ compliance with some provisions of the “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001. The data are based on a survey conducted by Education Week for Quality Counts 2003.

State Assessments

The first chart shows how well prepared states would be if the testing requirements of the federal law kicked in this school year. Under that law, by the 2005-06 school year, states must administer standards-based tests in English and math to all students in grades 3-8 and to high school students at least once. States must also give a standards-based science test at least once at the elementary, middle, and high school levels no later than the 2007-08 school year.

School Report Cards

The federal law requires a number of changes in school report cards, effective this school year. The following shows how well prepared states are for those changes.

Accountability for School Performance

The chart below examines statewide policies related to rating, assisting, rewarding, and intervening in low-performing or failing schools. While a larger number of states have implemented such policies for Title I schools in order to meet federal requirements, the figures below represent states that have instituted the policies as part of their statewide school accountability systems.

‘Highly Qualified’ Teachers

By the end of the 2005-06 school year, all teachers must be able to demonstrate their knowledge by passing rigorous subject tests or by having majored in the subjects they teach.

A version of this article appeared in the December 11, 2002 edition of Education Week as Where States Stand