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 About the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001


On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) that reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NCLB significantly raises expectations for states, local school districts, and schools in that all students will meet or exceed state standards in reading and mathematics within twelve years.

NCLB requires all States, including the State of Georgia, to establish state academic standards and a state testing system that meet federal requirements. Georgia received final approval of its state accountability plan from the US Department of Education on May 19, 2003, and revisions to the plan were approved by the federal government on June 7, 2004.

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is one of the cornerstones of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. It is a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments.

Under No Child Left Behind, children who attend public schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years and have thus been designated for Needs Improvement have the option of moving to a higher performing public school.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, children in schools that have been in Needs Improvement status for two or more years may receive supplemental services that include before- and after-school tutoring or remedial classes in reading, language arts, & math.

Under No Child Left Behind, states must develop a definition of "persistently dangerous" schools and allow public school choice for students who have been victims of a violent criminal offense or who attend a school that meets the definition.

Ensuring that No Student with Disabilities Is Left Behind Under No Child Left Behind, all students, including students with disabilities, must meet Georgia's proficient level of academic achievement by 2013-2014.

Our Mission is to design and implement a coherent and sustained statewide system of support and process for improvement, providing local education agencies (local school systems, herein referred to as LEAs) and schools in Georgia with tools and resources as well as intensive support for schools not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), all students, including students with limited English proficiency (LEP), must meet Georgia's proficient level of academic achievement by 2013-2014. LEP students will become proficient in English & reach high academic standards, at a minimum attaining proficiency or better in reading/language arts and mathematics. ​​