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No Educator Left Behind:
Middle School Standards


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.


Are there guidelines for the highest standards for middle school students?


Learning outcomes differ for each state, and your state department of education will have its own guidelines for each grade level in your state. Many times these are listed on the state department of education's Web site.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation's Report Card, is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do. Assessments are conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts. The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) sets policy for NAEP and is responsible for setting the standards and test specifications that serve as the blueprint for the assessments. The latest long-term and state-by-state results for NAEP were released earlier this year.

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