Message from Superintendent Regarding NCLB Report Cards
In January 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the "No Child Left Behind Act." This new federal legislation requires school districts to prepare and disseminate an annual district and school report card on student performance to all parents. This annual report card for our school district contains the following data:
Student achievement on state academic assessments by proficiency level
Adequate yearly performance by school
Professional qualifications of teachers by school
Agawam Public Schools remains committed to providing the students in our town's public schools with academic excellence, challenging opportunities, and a safe, positive learning environment, so that all students may reach their maximum potential.
As always, we welcome your interest, your comments, and your participation in our schools. If you have any questions or need additional information regarding this report card, please contact the school principal or the Superintendent of Schools.
Yours in education,
Steven P. Lemanski, M.Ed.
Superintendent of Schools
Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas.
The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.
Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.
We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.
Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,
Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,
The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and
Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.