Indiana schools and school corporations must meet accountability requirements from both the federal and state government. In 1999, the Indiana legislature passed Public Law 221 that required individual schools to formulate a school improvement plan to increase student achievement to 90 percent proficiency on mandated state tests. In January 2002, the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act created No Child Left Behind (NCLB), requiring students in all schools and school districts to reach 100 percent proficiency by the 2012-2014 school year.
The focus of the No Child Left Behind legislation is to improve student academic achievement by:
Many of the provisions of the state and federal programs are similar, with emphasis on student achievement, teacher quality and school safety. The Indiana Department of Education and the Education Roundtable made some further adjustments to state requirements in early 2003 to better align the state and national accountability plans. While much of the Indiana school improvement initiatives fit well with NCLB, some major differences still remain.