Lesson 2 Summary

Key Points:

  • The primary goal of the current ESEA is to close achievement gaps between disadvantaged groups of students and their peers and to ensure that 100 percent of students are proficient on state assessments in reading/language arts and math by 2013–14.
  • State progress toward meeting the primary goal of ESEA is assessed by state testing of students in grades 3–8 and once in high school in reading/language arts and math and by the setting of annual targets to move toward 100 percent proficiency. Schools that attain the targets meet “adequate yearly progress” (AYP).
  • Schools that receive Title I funding for having a high low-income student population are subject to sanctions and interventions if they do not meet AYP.

Looking Forward: Learn about current trends in education policy that are impacting the future of education in the United States.