Although testing may be stressful for some students, testing is a normal and
expected way of assessing what students have learned. The purpose of state
assessments required under No Child Left Behind is to provide an independent
insight into each child's progress, as well as each school's. This information
is essential for parents, schools, districts and states in their efforts to
ensure that no child--regardless of race, ethnic group, gender or family
income--is trapped in a consistently low-performing school.
No Child Left Behind requires that, by the 2005-06 school year, each state must
measure every child's progress in reading and math in each of grades 3 through 8
and at least once during grades 10 through 12. In the meantime, each state must
meet the requirements of the previous law reauthorizing ESEA (the Improving
America's Schools Act of 1994) for assessments in reading and math at three
grade spans (3-5; 6-9; and 10-12).
By school year 2007-2008, states must also have in place science assessments to
be administered at least once during grades 3-5; grades 6-9; and grades 10-12.
Further, states must ensure that districts administer tests of English
proficiency--to measure oral language, reading and writing skills in English--to
all limited English proficient students, as of the 2002-03 school year.
Students may still undergo state assessments in other subject areas (i.e.,
history, geography and writing skills), if and when the state requires it. No
Child Left Behind, however, requires assessments only in the areas of
reading/language arts, math and science.
No Child Left Behind requires that all children be assessed. In order to show
adequate yearly progress, schools must test at least 95 percent of the various
subgroups of children, including their students with disabilities and those with
limited English proficiency.
States must provide reasonable accommodations for students with
disabilities or limited English proficiency. For the latter, accommodations
may include native-language versions of the assessment; however, in the area
of reading and language arts, students who have been in U.S. schools for
three consecutive years will be assessed in English.
Source from Washington DC Public Schools
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