Signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is the principal federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. NCLB is built on four pillars: expanded local control and flexibility; doing what works based on scientific research; accountability for results; and more options for parents. The main goal of NCLB is to help all students in the Commonwealth to reach proficiency in English language arts/reading and mathematics by the year 2014. Massachusetts, along with several other states across the nation are participating in a federally approved NCLB waiver that shifts our focus to closing the achievement gap for traditionally underserved subgroups of students. Massachusetts schools are focused on closing the achievement gap for Low Income, Minority, Special Education, High Needs and English Language Learners. All schools and districts in the state are evaluated and accountable for helping these groups of students achieve academic success. Attached is a parent’s guide to NCLB, published by the Federal Department of Education as well as our school’s accountability summary and report card. Both outline our school’s progress to close the achievement gap for these groups of students.