New Requirements, Late Data Delay Schools Report Card

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) -- New federal requirements and tardy data are among the reasons state education officials give for missing a deadline to release the 2006 Tennessee Report Card. The report provides student achievement results for every school and district in the state.

The report card released Friday in Nashville is required by federal law to be published no later than November first each year.

But state officials say the delay was caused by a combination of new No Child Left Behind requirements, late-arriving data and the sheer amount of work it takes to collate the information.

The report measures progress at K-through-12 schools in math, reading, science and English and other areas. It also includes value-added scores, an important yardstick that tracks how much students learn from year to year. Many parents use the information to weigh which school district to live in.

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