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Assessment Laws

On January 8, 2002, No Child Left Behind was signed into law.  The purpose of the law is to ensure that each child in America, regardless of ethnicity, income, or background, achieve higher standards.

NCLB requires states to set proficiency steps toward a goal of 100% proficient in 2014. Illinois set the “Illini Steps” increasing our goal by 7.5% each year. These steps are the proficiency goals needed for a school or district to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). When a school or a district does not reach the proficiency goal, they do not make AYP. All students and all subgroups must make their goals in order to make AYP.

For more information regarding AYP, please see the Illinois Interactive Report card Site

For more information regarding NCLB, please see the U.S. Department of Education’s parent guide