The New “No Child Left Behind” Website and Satellite Town Meeting

January 15, 2002

The new "No Child

Left Behind" website offers…

  • an executive summary of the Act
  • a preliminary overview of programs and changes
  • the text of the Act
  • the conference committee report
  • what the Act means for your state
  • and more.

"Testing for Results: Using Assessment to Measure Effectiveness and

Drive Instruction " is the topic of the first Satellite Town Meeting

since passage of the "No Child Left Behind Act." The town meeting

— which airs 8:00 –

9:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, January 15 — will help explain the sweeping changes

brought by this historic education reform law. Testing provisions in the new

law and ways annual assessments can ensure student progress and improve


will be examined. Among the questions Secretary Paige and his guests will


  • How can principals, teachers, and parents better understand and use

    test data?

  • What are the most effective ways that assessment can drive curriculum development?
  • How can test information help parents make better decisions for their children’s


  • What information should administrators and policymakers have to make improvements

    in the educational system?

  • What resources that are available through the
  • Department and partner organizations to ensure no child is left behind?

Guests include…

  • Nancy Blackwell, principal, Hambrick Middle School, Houston, Texas
  • Mike Flanagan, executive director, Michigan Association of School Administrators
  • Herman Gaither, superintendent, Beaufort Public Schools in Beaufort, South


  • Susan Traiman, senior director, The Business Roundtable, Washington, D.C.
  • Chrys Dougherty, director of research, Just for the Kids, Austin, Texas.

The program will be available on local and national cable TV systems —

some of which will carry the show live and others on a tape-delayed basis.

It will also be available via webcast. For satellite coordinates and additional

information, please see

The Satellite Town Meeting is a live, interactive television program on education

reform. Produced monthly during the school year, in partnership with the National

Alliance of Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Committee for Economic

Development, the show provides practical how-to advice about community efforts

to improve teaching and learning.

Contributing sponsors include the Bayer Foundation, Target Stores, Riverdeep

Interactive Learning and the Procter and Gamble Fund. Broadcast and cable

partners include Discovery Communications, the Public Broadcasting

Service, HeadsUp Network!, and Channel One. Use, duplication, and distribution

of the Satellite Town Meeting is free and unrestricted.

Now in its 9th year of continuous production, the 2001-2002 season features

several program enhancements and new services.

The Department provides live and archived webcasts of the Satellite Town Meeting.

Through a new interactive messaging feature, individuals viewing the live web

cast will be able to send instant messages and questions for guests and



For more information including lists of local and national downlink sites,

broadcast partners, and dates of future shows please see