No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a federal mandate, requires the testing of all students in Grades 3 thru 8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics and in Grades 4 and 8 in Science. Severely handicapped students are required to take the Alternative Assessment Test (NYSAA) and the English language learners are tested with the NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). [NOTE: These exams are not mandated for Non-Public schools.]
NCLB means every student will be accounted for even if they are not tested. By comparing district student information to scanned answer sheets, districts are notified of student records not accounted for or answer sheets that do not match the district data. Missing scores are checked. Verifying enables an accurate score for the student.
MAARS Test Processing must remain up-to-date with the testing and scoring rules established by the NYS Education Department that are standard across the state. The NYS Test data that is filed through the Data Warehouse becomes the District/School report card. All federal NCLB participation requirements and performance requirements come from the Data Warehouse.