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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             December 20, 2006

SUBJECT:       No Child Left Behind Act District Report Card Requirements

I am writing to update you on the resources available to you for creating the State and local school district report cards required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) under Section 1111(h). 

This letter updates Informational Letter #118 issued on April 26, 2005.  The Maine Department of Education has posted, as of November 28, 2006 and will update, on a continuous basis, the required State information on Maine’s No Child Left Behind website at  This site will provide the most current information available and will provide links to the Maine Educational Assessment data, the NCLB Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report, and Teacher Quality Data to assist you in preparing the SAU level and school level reports.

It is recommended that you review the Report Card requirements against the data you currently distribute to ensure that your SAU and school report cards are complete. The U. S. Department of Education has posted Non-Regulatory Guidance at  Included in this document are sample templates that you may use, or you may wish to develop your own format.

The following websites contain documentation and data needed to prepare the SAU and school level reports.

Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals (HQTP),

Maine Educational Data Management System (MEDMS) Public Reports Portal,

The NCLB 2006-2007 monitoring process will include the following review:
Whether the district prepared and widely disseminated both an SAU and a school report card, including information related to assessments, accountability, and teacher quality as that information applies to the district as a whole and by the required NCLB subgroups, including:

  • SAU/school improvement status;
  • Percentage of students tested;
  • Information on student achievement at each proficiency level;
  • Information on how students in the district/school achieved on State academic assessments and how the district compared to the State as a whole;
  • The most recent 2-year trend data on student achievement for each subject and for each grade;
  • The number of all public elementary and secondary school teachers listed by the highest degree earned;
  • The percentage of all public elementary and secondary school teachers teaching with temporary credentials; and
  • The percentage of classes in the SAU not taught by highly qualified teachers (as the term is defined in Section 9101(23) of the ESEA) in the aggregate and disaggregated by school.

The NCLB Team will ask the SAU to provide a copy of the report card, as required by (Section 1111(h)(1)(C) and (2)(B) of NCLB.  The NCLB Team will also ask how these documents were made available and how the results were publicized.

Please contact the Maine NCLB Clearinghouse at 624-6705 if you have questions regarding this requirement.