No Educator Left Behind is a series providing answers from the U.S. Department of Education to questions about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and how it will affect educators. If you have a question about No Child Left Behind, send an e-mail to Ellen Delisio, and we will submit your question to the Department of Education.
Does the No Child Left Behind Act require states to use a national test that is not compatible with current state assessments?
U.S. Department of Education:
No. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act forbids a national test and permits states to design their own tests for reading and mathematics for students in grades 3 to 8. Many states have decided to expand their current testing systems to accommodate the additional assessments required by NCLB.
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