School Report Cards
No Child Left Behind requires states to produce annual school report cards that provide information on student achievement for two reasons: 1) to hold schools accountable for meeting state-defined expectations with respect to student achievement; and 2) to help parents make informed school choice decisions. In Minnesota, the new report cards are released each year at the Minnesota State Fair.
What information is provided on the School Report Cards?
The report cards must state student performance in terms of three levels: basic, proficient and advanced. Achievement data must be disaggregated, or broken out, by student subgroups according to: race, ethnicity, gender, English language proficiency, migrant status, disability status and low-income status. The report cards must also tell which schools have been identified as needing improvement, corrective action or restructuring. (From: Questions and Answers on No Child Left Behind, U.S. Department of Education.)
Where can you get your School Report Card?
The report cards are available online at the Minnesota Department of Education. To get to your School Report Card, find your child's school and click on "Printable School Report Card" in the right sidebar.
You should also be able to find the School Report Card on the school Web site. And you should be able to request a copy from the school office.
Reprinted with the permission of Parents United for Public Schools.
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