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FAQs About No Child Left Behind

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a federal law affecting your school and every public K-12 school in the country. The federal law, signed by President George W. Bush in January 2002, impacts schools differently depending on grade levels and funding sources.
Your child, and every public school student in our country, is expected to perform at or above grade level in reading and mathematics by 2016. Our district has set target goals for students each year to get to the 100 percent goal by 2016. The district and schools provide through various programs supplemental academic support to students to assist them in meeting the standards.
New Jersey has had statewide assessments since the 1970s. The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires every state to test students in grades 3 to 8. The previous paper-and-pencil student assessments – the NJASK and HSPA – complied with the federal requirement for statewide exams, but were often criticized for not providing useful data to improve schools. In the 2014-15 school year, New Jersey transitioned to PARCC, an exam created by New Jersey and other states to more accurately measure academic standards in mathematics and English language arts. PARCC is designed to provide parents and educators with information that can improve learning. Science achievement continues since 2007 to be tested in grades 4 and 8 NJASK and in 2010 the Biology Competency Test for all high school students who have completed Biology.
Your school is required by law to keep you informed of your child's achievement level in each of the assessment areas. Schools must also share school and district-wide testing results with you. The new NJ School Report Cards include important information about the performance, class size and teacher quality of each public school in New Jersey. Our website, www.montclair.k12.nj.us offers a link to school, district and state report cards.
NCLB's accountability process will help teachers and administrators at your school recognize the help your child needs. No longer will the success of a majority be able to create an average score that covers the needs of more struggling students. The partnership of parents and schools working together can have a positive impact on your child's success.
AYP is the minimum level of improvement that states, school districts, and schools must achieve each year. All subgroups must make AYP including limited English proficient students, students with disabilities, ethnic groups, and the economically disadvantaged.
We have no "failing schools." Your school may not have made AYP because one or more of its subgroups did not meet its goal. Schools will likely work even harder with this subgroup in the coming year to help more students become proficient. The district will lend support and resources to improve student performance at the school.

All English language learners must take the New Jersey state-wide assessments. The only exception applies to LEP students who entered school in a U.S. state or Washington, D.C., as well as a language assistance program, after July 1 of the academic year in which the assessment will be administered. These students do not have to take the LAL portion of PARCC (grades 3-8) tests but must take the math and science sections. The exemption from the LAL test does not apply to high school students.  ELLs from Puerto Rico are eligible for this exemption.

The WIDA Consortium, led by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, which NJ is a part of, is a non-profit cooperative group whose purpose is to develop standards and assessments that meet and exceed the goals of No Child Left Behind and promote educational equity for English language learners.  In 2014, ACCESS for ELLs™, was developed for the WIDA Consortium to assess the language proficiency of ELL students.  Starting in the 2015 – 2016 administration year, the WIDA Consortium will begin administration of the new, annual summative assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 which provides an option for online or paper testing. 

Title I provides supplemental services to students at risk of academic failure. Services can include: hiring teachers to reduce class size, tutoring, computer labs, parental involvement, activities, professional development, purchase of materials and supplies, and hiring teacher assistants or others. Several of our schools receive Title I funding and operate as Targeted Assistance Programs providing services to eligible students with the greatest need.
Ask your teacher or principal or check the district's website which includes a list of our Title I schools.
The federal expectations hold for non-Title I schools, but the sanctions do not apply if expectations are not met. Non-Title I schools that do not make AYP two or more years in a row must amend their School Improvement Plan to indicate how they plan to improve, according to a policy developed by the State Board of Education.
Parents at Title I schools not making Adequate Yearly Progress for two consecutive years have certain rights. Schools in their third consecutive year of not making AYP must provide students with reasonable transfer options at the district's transportation expense. In the second year of Title I School Improvement, schools must provide tutoring to eligible students through an outside source contracted by the state and continue to offer the option of transferring. In the third year of Title I School Improvement, schools must take corrective actions such as replacing school staff, implementing a new curriculum, or changing the school's internal organizational structure while continuing to offer the options of transferring and tutoring. In the fourth year of Title I School Improvement, schools must plan for restructuring while continuing to offer the options of transferring and tutoring services. Schools in the fifth year of Title I School Improvement must implement the restructuring plan while observing the other sanctions.
A Highly Qualified Teacher is one who:
   Holds at least a Bachelor's degree
   Is fully certified/licensed by the state
   Elementary - demonstrates expertise by
   - passing a rigorous state test of elementary content, knowledge and teaching skills, or
   - fulfilling the requirements of the NJ High Objective Uniform State Evaluation (HOUSE)
   Middle/Secondary - demonstrates content expertise in each of the core academic subjects taught by:
   - passing a rigorous state test ,or
   - completing an academic major, course work equivalent to a major, or a graduate degree, or
   - earning an advanced certificate, or
   - fulfilling the requirements of the NJ HOUSE standard.
All Montclair's teachers are state certified under the current standards and will meet the No Child Left Behind definition of "Highly Qualified Teachers" by 2015-2016, as required by the law.

Updated: 11/19/2016