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No Educator Left Behind:
New Students and Assessment

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.


Do test scores count for students who have attended school for a few months?


No. In order for a student's test scores to be counted for adequate yearly progress (AYP) purposes under the No Child Left Behind Act, a student must have attended the school for a full academic year (as defined by the state). Students who have not attended a school for a full academic year are expected to take the assessment, but their scores will not be included in AYP calculations.

Read previous questions and answers in our No Educator Left Behind archive.