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More Parent Power: New Law Pledges Details on Needy Schools - Parents haven't even begun to realize their new power under the No Child Left Behind Act, pushed by President George W. Bush and approved by Congress last year.

  

A Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind, by Suzanne Heath
 

No Child Left Behind Fact Sheets - Check out the following one page fact sheets on informative No Child Left Behind topics.

 

Choices for Parents - Arkansas, Florida, Minnesota, & 10 school districts & partnerships are receiving $23.8 million under the new Voluntary Public School Choice Program, authorized under No Child Left Behind to offer students choices, including transferring out of low-performing schools. [source]

 

 

An Everyday Effort to Improve Education - Karen Budd is one of those parents that school administrators try to avoid. To begin with, she understands math, having a bachelor's degree in the subject, plus some graduate work in engineering, from the University of Pittsburgh. Every school superintendent who has ever attended a PTA meeting knows the math-savvy parents are the worst.

 

PTA's Course is Clear - When the doors to the national Parent-Teacher Assn. convention swung open Saturday in Anaheim, delegates had a smorgasbord of workshops from which to choose. Mixed in with lectures on the latest trends in teen sexual behavior and child obesity were discussions on race and money that go to the heart of the advocacy group's future.

 

MI Parents Need More Ways to Communicate With Teachers, Survey Says; EPIC-MRA Survey for Your Child - Michigan parents are very involved in their child’s school (95%), but time and work constraints are limiting their contact with teachers and their participation in the classroom—the frontline of education.

 

Tools For Getting Parents Involved in the Exceptional Education Process: An Overview of Children's and Parental Rights Under the IDEA & PL 94-142 by James J. Messina, Ph.D. &; Constance G. Messina, Ph.D. "The IEP is the driving cog in the exceptional education wheel and is emphasized on this site. We also emphasize the importance of the team approach encouraging good communication, cooperation and parental assertiveness. Parents need to be focused on the "whole child" when planning for their children's education. These materials will bring many of you to a position of planning, which to this point you have felt unnecessary given the young age of your children. You will hopefully recognize that education prepares all children to live in the world. This education for life begins in preschool and ends only when the person ceases to exist on earth. Use it to educate yourselves to become the best advocates you can be for your children. These materials can be used in workshops with other parents for advocacy training. Feel free to download them for you use."
 

FL Schools Lure Parents Back to School - With so many high school graduates unsure of what they want to do afterwards, and with many of their parents unaware of opportunities for their kids, schools are trying to reach students through their parents. Greater efforts to get parents -- at every level of school -- more involved in their child's education are being made. More often, writes Christina Denardo, schools are tailoring their outreach program to boost student achievement and give parents what they want.

 

Parent Reviews Give an Inside View - How does your school do in meeting the needs of its students? Just click on Parent Reviews on any school profile on www.greatschools.net to see personal, up-close comments about schools. Thus far, they've published over 37,000 reviews of schools across the country, and the number keeps on growing! Parents tell us what they like about their schools and what needs improvement.

 

Words That Hurt. Words That Heal: How Adult Morale Affects Student Achievement - A teacher's words can make a parent's day and vice versa. My daughter called excitedly the other day when her first child brought his first report card home. No, It wasn't all A's but it did carry a sentence from the teacher that made all the difference: "Your child is a wonderful boy."

 

MS Parent Nights Focus on Test Taking Results - As students, teachers, and schools face increasing pressure to improve student performance on standardized tests, involving parents as a critical "fourth partner" in improvement efforts makes more than just good sense -- it improves student learning. Last spring, Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, Mississippi implemented a new parent program that provides a good model of how schools can involve parents in student learning in a way that is consistent with these findings. This story shares the details.

 

The Parent Gap Part 1: Pulling in Separate Directions - Soon after her daughter died and Brenda Joyner found herself raising three grandchildren, the Durham retiree couldn't help but notice something unusual about other black parents in the public schools. In short, they weren't around much. "I just don't see a lot of African-American parents involved in the schools," said Joyner, 51. "I wonder if they really see the importance of it."

 
The Parent Gap Part 2: Building Partnerships - North Carolina teachers know all about the achievement gap that divides black and white students in the classroom. They know closing the gap will require better relationships with African-American parents. What they don't know is how to get there.

 

Including Every Parent: A Step-by-Step Guide to Engage and Empower Parents - Educators, parents, and researchers agree -- students do better at schools where parents are actively involved. Now, a new book provides a step-by-step guide for schools to increase parental involvement. But this guide is unique: it was written by teachers and parents from the Patrick O'Hearn, an elementary school in the heart of Boston widely recognized for its accomplishments in involving parents. At the O'Hearn, the payoff is clear -- not only in the school's "family atmosphere," but in student achievement. O'Hearn students have made tremendous gains on state assessments. "Including Every Parent" is the eighth book in the "By Teachers for Teachers" series. Each book is full of step-by-step instructions, tips, and ideas teachers can follow to replicate proven, effective practices that are working in successful public schools -- each book is developed by teachers who are making those schools succeed every day. Read the book's introduction at http://www.psinnovation.org/psi/btft08.html.

 

PTOs Court New Members: Dads - Carey Heuer gets teased sometimes. After all, he's a man on the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Instead of Sports Illustrated, he reads PTO Today. Heuer's fellow board members are all women. When they talk about diets, he chimes in. When meetings close with "Thank you, ladies," he cheerfully quibbles. And when the PTO sponsors an event at Alexandria Elementary School, Heuer is always there, taking notes on what to do better next time.

 

Toolkit - Parent Checklist: Examining Principal Leadership in Your Community (PDF) from Parents4PublicSchools.com.

 

Wired Schools Help Keep Parents Informed - Every year, more schools across the United States, both public and private, are joining the online world with websites that post news about school events and also allow parents and students, via confidential passwords, to access teacher comments, test results, and grades. Even teachers, for whom frequent updates about students' work means more recordkeeping, are enthusiastic. For them, it can also mean less phone tag with parents, fewer surprises when it comes time for parent-teacher conferences or report cards, and the ability to deal with problems faster.
 

Free Resources from The Parent Institute - click here. Includes 10 Things Any School Can Do to Build Parent Involvement...Plus Five Great Ways to Fail!; Sixty-Eight Parent Involvement Ideas That Really Work; Seventy-Five Ideas to Build Parent Involvement and Support; Selected Parent Involvement Research; Ten Questions About Parent Involvement; Forty-Four Proven Ideas Parents Can Use to Help Their Children Do Better in School; What Principals Would Tell Parents to Help Parents Help Their Children; and Tips Parents Can Use to Help Their Children.

 

CA System Keeps Schools in Touch With Parents - After a gun battle erupted near Stevenson Ranch Elementary School in Santa Clarita two years ago and left two people dead, administrators evacuated the school and scrambled to contact parents to pick up their children. They relied on word of mouth, handmade signs and a phone tree to reach parents. [Source]

 

CA PTA Looks to Recruit More Males, Minorities - Most members are women; group steps up outreach plans across the country.

  

Parent Skills, Input a Boon to Schools - Real openness and cooperation, not just the all-too-common rhetoric, are vital for effective schools.  As the new school year begins, it's worth remembering that students do better when educators and parents don't just listen to but hear each other. Building ties can be harder than you think. Sometimes, misguided professionalism or family frustration over previous failures limits what can be accomplished.
 

NY New York City Hires Parent Coordinators - The city's Department of Education has put 1,200 parents and community members on salary, paying them $30,000 to $39,000 a year to help improve communication between teachers and parents.

 

Raspberry: To Bridge Poor Childrens' Language Gap - "I've just finished a book called Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children, and I am confirmed -- in spades! -- of something I'd reluctantly come to believe: That it is beyond unrealistic to expect schools to fix children who enter school -- even preschool) -- already behind.

 

Detroit Study: Parents Key to Students' Success - At 24 Detroit public schools -- 12 where children excelled and 12 where students overall performed poorly -- researchers interviewed parents and caregivers about their involvement.  "The environment is very important, and we don't downplay the environment. But clearly, a strong and engaged principal who provides a warm environment for students and welcomes parents to their schools and works with teachers can also play an important role," Green said. "Students can overcome the negative environment but parental involvement is key."

 
A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement - This review of the research examines the growing evidence that family and community connections with schools make a difference in student success. It is a synthesis of 51 studies about the impact of family and community involvement on student achievement, and effective strategies to connect schools. Large pdf file, but extensively bookmarked for easy reading.  (PDF size = 1.2 MB; 241 pages)

 

VA Immigrant Parents Finding a Voice - Schools Encourage More Participation.

 

Parent Involvement Policies and the Law: What Parents Need to Know

 

Calling All Parents: Wireless phones on campuses offer quick access for teachers

 

Parents asked to help kids learn - Caregivers encouraged to spend 15 minutes a day reinforcing schoolwork; Involvement seen as critical; State to provide resources for education program.

 

Parents, step forward - When I moved to Washington, D.C., a number of years ago, I learned one thing very quickly about the school my children would attend. Get involved, neighbors told me – but don't overdo it.

 

NV Parent School Partnership: Group seeks expansion of program - Effort teaches Hispanics about school system.

 

MI Dearborn Launches State-run Program - Parents Play a Vital Role in Kids' Grades.

 

Teens, sex, and power of parents - Study finds strong impact of moms on adolescent sexual activity.

 

MI Michigan Seeks Exception to NCLB Special Education Requirements (PDF) - In a March 31, 2005 letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, the Michigan Department of Education seeks an exception to the 1% cap on the proficient scores of special education students under the No Child Left Behind Act.

 

Bush Education Officials Try to Pacify States - The Bush administration's decision to give states greater flexibility to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act was greeted with enthusiasm by state education officials meeting in Washington, D.C., this week. But the new concessions may not be enough to quell rebellions against the law brewing in several states.

 

ED Expected to Raise Alternate Assessment Cap to 3 Percent - The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is poised to dramatically lift a cap on the number of special education students who can take out-of-level tests and still be counted under the accountability umbrella of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), according to sources close to the negotiations. An advocate for disabled students said: "They need to show us that this isn't simply 'we can't take the heat.' Having these deliberations among only a small circle of insiders is suspect. They really owe it to our children to go out for public scrutiny, debate, and review of these proposals, especially since there is real potential for grave harm by condemning kids to low expectations in order to make schools look good."

 

Arnold Wields Clout on Education Rules - Education Secretary Margaret Spellings eased federal guidelines the same day California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked her to relax certain school requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act, a feat some of his fellow governors haven't been able to accomplish. Most states are looking for ways to test reading and math ability of children with disabilities and low English proficiency separately, so their performance does not pull down a school's overall academic progress. But other governors who have negotiated personally with Mrs. Spellings were told to wait on their requests for greater flexibility under the NCLB.

 

States, Districts Say Achievement Gaps are Closing But That Accountability Rules for Disabled Students & English Language Learners Should Be “Changed or Eliminated” - A majority of state and district education officials say that student achievement on state tests is improving, but that they lack the capacity to reach all of the schools in need of improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act, according to a report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Education Policy tracking federal, state and local implementation of the law.

 

Beyond Good and Evil - As recently as this past year, I would have told you that the standards and accountability movement was a necessary evil. But, I would have added, certainly the best students and teachers would find this new environment stifling. It turns out I was dead wrong. During 2004, in my role as a consultant with the Broad Foundation and the National Center for Educational Accountability, I was a part of a team that visited five extraordinary urban districts in the country. What we saw was astounding.

 

No Child Left Behind Act: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) - The House Committee on Education and the Workforce majority staff recently released an updated version of its guide to frequently asked questions regarding the No Child Left Behind Act (2002). Released February 2005 and available in PDF (31 pages, 786 KB).

 

Panel Says 'No Child' Law Left the Constitution Behind - A bipartisan panel of state legislators that conducted a yearlong study of President Bush's No Child Left Behind education law pronounced it flawed on Wednesday. It said the law's accountability system, which punishes schools whose students fail to improve steadily on standardized tests, undermined school improvement efforts already under way in many states and relied on the wrong indicators. It said, moreover, that the No Child Left Behind rules for educating disabled students conflict with another federal law and its bureaucratic requirements fail to recognize the tapestry of educational challenges faced by teachers in the nation's 15,000 school districts.

 

Special Report: Data-Driven Decision-Making - Data-driven decision-making, which involves the collection and analysis of test results, demographic information, and other student data to make more informed decisions about instruction--and, given the stringent requirements of NCLB, it's a practice that is no longer an option for today's school leaders, but a necessity. 

 

KY Kentucky to launch online testing pilot - This spring, Kentucky will join the growing number of states implementing computer-based testing of students. A state pilot program will offer online testing to more than 3,000 students in more than 30 high schools across Kentucky.

Few math studies pass federal scrutiny - Fewer than 2 percent of the studies of software and other curriculum programs that have been evaluated for their effectiveness meet the federal government's standards for demonstrating clear scientific evidence of success, according to a recent announcement.

 

Schools Grapple With Standards For Special Ed Pupils - Some educators say their schools are being unfairly labeled as underperforming because of test scores from special needs students. [Free login/registration required.]

 

Lawmakers Knock 'No Child' - A bill and a resolution viewed as knocking President Bush's signature education program are headed to full Senate debate this week.

 

Assessment and Achievement - Few issues are hotter than assessment—thanks to the No Child Left Behind Act and similar measures—but few are more misunderstood. With the generous support of Software Technology Inc., the editors at eSchool News have assembled a variety of news and information as well as outside resources to help put assessment in clearer perspective and to tie it more closely to its primary purpose—namely, better test scores through improved instruction.

 

CA Schools Take Advantage of NCLB Loophole - Some California schools that failed to make adequate yearly progress under NCLB guidelines are taking advantage of a loophole in the law that exempts schools that don't receive Title I funds from being sanctioned. More schools may attempt to jump through the loophole if they fail to meet NCLB goals for certain subgroups of students such as special education and ESL.

 

From the Capital to the Classroom: Year 2 of the No Child Left Behind Act - This report from the Center on Education Policy is the first and most comprehensive national examination of all main aspects of NCLB implementation at the federal, state, and local levels, and is based on a survey of 47 states and the District of Columbia, a nationally representative survey of 274 school districts, in-depth case studies of 33 urban, suburban, and rural school districts, and other research methods.

 

PA Principal Getting Results in a Struggling School - Claudia Cream, in her third year as Parkside's principal, has sought to boost student achievement by instilling ethnic pride, setting high standards, and imposing strict discipline. "Children seem to thrive when they realize they come from greatness," she said. "I give them a sense of who they are." The efforts are producing improvements at Parkside, once the lowest-performing elementary school in the nearly 18,000-student Camden system.

 

Makeover, Facelifts, or Reconstructive Surgery: An Early Look at NCLB School Restructuring in Michigan (PDF) - Interesting compilation of statistics outlining Michigan’s “moderate” approach to NCLB sanctions.

 

MI More Michigan High Schools Fail - Higher standards are partly blamed for almost half missing the mark for No Child Left Behind. More Michigan high schools are failing federal achievement standards and graduation rate requirements than last year, despite districts' efforts to improve student performance.

 

MI Understanding Michigan’s District Report Cards - This is the first time school districts as a whole have received report cards. Similar to individual schools, the district report card is based on: Minimum size of 30 students in each subgroup for the district, in the grades tested, using the same rules as applied to individual schools and Overall student achievement in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) over the entire district.

 

NCLB Presents Middle School Complications - Local and state education officials have voiced concerns that middle-grades teachers would be affected by the “highly qualified” provision of the the No Child Left Behind Act far more than teachers at the elementary and high school levels. [Free login/registration required.]

 

MI Background on NCLB/MEAP and Michigan High School Report Cards - On Thursday, November 4, 2004, the Michigan Department of Education posted Education YES! High School Report Cards on www.michigan.gov/mde. This is the second time high schools have received the annual report cards. The Education YES! accreditation system is how the State of Michigan is meeting the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

 

Suits to Target No Child Left Behind Act - The federal No Child Left Behind Act threatens costly penalties for schools deemed failing to meet academic standards. In response, many educators have a threat of their own: A flood of lawsuits aimed at avoiding the sanctions. [Free login/registration required.]

 

No Way Out - The No Child Left Behind Act provides only the illusion of school choice. Three years later… families across the United States are still trapped in failing and dangerous schools. There are many adjectives that describe their relationship with the public school system, but empowered is not one of them.

 

Paige Announces 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools - More than 250 of the nation's schools have been named 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced last month. The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that are either academically superior in their states or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

 

No Child Left Behind Newsletter: September 15, 2004 Edition (PDF) - Topics Include: Letter to Superintendents Offers Guidance, Funding for the Arts; Filling the Summer Gap; Close-Up: No Child Left Behind—Improving Literacy Through School Libraries; Tips for Parents; and New Resources! Just Added to FREE Web Site.

 

MI Education Community Invited to Comment on Proposed District Report Cards - NCLB requires the state to issue an adequate yearly progress (AYP) report card for a school district as well as individual schools within the district. We did not do so in 2003 because of incomplete data. We are prepared to do so now, but need to define on what basis we will compute a district’s AYP.

 

Tips for Parents on No Child Left Behind from The Achiever - As states across the nation release their education report cards revealing which schools met their progress goals, parents no doubt will have a few questions about what these changes under No Child Left Behind mean to their child, school and community. Below are a few questions parents may want to consider: How many special education, minority, limited English proficient or economically disadvantaged students are achieving at grade level (are proficient) in either reading or mathematics? What percentage of students graduate from your child's high school? How many attend college? Does the school offer afternoon, weekend or summer school instruction for students who need extra help in reading and language arts or math? Does the district inform parents of the choices and options available to them under the No Child Left Behind Act? How many of your school's teachers meet the highly qualified teacher standards under No Child Left Behind? How many teachers hold only emergency credentials? Is there an explicit student disciplinary policy? How does the school inform parents when their child has misbehaved and been placed in detention, suspended or expelled? Has the school been identified as a "persistently dangerous school"? A full checklist of these and more questions is available at www.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/nclbchecklist.html.

 
New Learning Resources From Ed.gov's FREE Web Site - The federal government's most dynamic Web site for learning resources www.ed.gov/free recently added to its collection nearly 20 new online resources in science, health and social studies. The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) Web site is designed to make it easy to find teaching and learning resources on subjects ranging from arts to vocational education, from more than 35 federal organizations. Updated weekly, the site includes, among recent additions: Hubble: A View to the Edge of Space, from the National Science Foundation; Hands on the Land, from the Bureau of Land Management; I Hear America Singing, from the Library of Congress.

 

Why No Child Left Behind Must Work - Q&A with Sandy Kress, one of the main architects of NCLB.

 

CPS Corners Tutoring Market But Runs Risk of Losing it All - Following a turbulent first year, private tutoring companies take a back seat in competition for $45 million in federal funds. Putting it charitably, last year’s effort to provide the tutoring required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was a rocky learning experience.

 

Military Calls Teens with Help of Schools - A little-known provision in No Child Left Behind requires high schools to give the names and phone numbers of juniors and seniors to military recruiters who could call and encourage them to enlist. Supporters of the 2-year-old law say it ensures that teenagers know the military is an option. But some parents and teenagers say unsolicited phone calls are an invasion of privacy. And some object to a provision in the law that would deny millions in federal dollars to schools that ignore recruiters' requests for contacts. Parents can notify schools in writing if they don't want their children's information released. [Free login/registration required.]

 
NC Federal Law Hits North Carolina's Schools Hard - A significant number of schools in North Carolina are feeling the sting of the No Child Left Behind law for the first time as hundreds of students transfer to other schools. Only 18 schools across the state were required to offer transfers last year. But after the second year of the sweeping reform effort, 138 regular public schools must give parents the option. In addition, 22 charter schools face a range of sanctions.

 

MI State Likely Escapes Penalties on Report Cards - The school report cards for elementary and middle schools were out on time under federal law. The high school report cards will not be. But officials told the State Board of Education that the current conflict in schedules should protect the state from any sanctions for not meeting the deadline.

 

CO Math is Not a Chore with Colorado's New Curriculum, Students Show Test Gains - Having those kindergarten kids study algebra seems to be paying off. OK, maybe they're not exactly learning the quadratic formula or solving polynomial equations, but some educators think the exposure 5-year-olds have been getting to basic patterns and symbols used later in algebra is working. The 2004 CSAP scores tend to support their point of view.

 

Schools Get Mixed Grades on 'No Child' Law - As report cards go, it is a spotty mix of promising and abysmal grades. But an independent review praises the states for progress given the scope of their assignment -- putting in place the most sweeping education law in decades.

 

No Child Left Behind Act Becomes Political Football - The question of whether Nevada and other states have let millions of dollars in "use it or lose it" federal education funds languish in the bank has turned into a political football.

 
Oregon Education Professors Influence Bush - Over the years, the University of Oregon has developed a reputation as a hippie haven, home to Hacky-Sackers, Frisbee-throwers and anti-globalism activists. But tucked away in a bucolic corner of the campus is a group of education professors whose work has been widely influential and found favor with the Bush administration.

 

VA Some Teachers Left Behind - More than 100 local teachers could lose their jobs starting today because of state licensing rules - a situation that complicates recruitment for administrators already struggling to fill classroom slots. For three years, these teachers have worked under nonrenewable provisional licenses from the state. They had until today to pass standardized tests and complete coursework required for a regular teaching license. Many struggled with the exams and are now stranded in unlicensed no man's land.

 

MI Highland Park Schools Seeing Some Rewards - In a single year, Highland Park Community High School has been transformed. This month, 130 graduates in a class of 139 crossed the stage at the Masonic Temple, a milestone for the struggling district, which saw only 86 students earn diplomas in 2003. At the heart of the changes is Theresa Saunders, the district's superintendent hired in August 2003. Among the keys to success at schools Saunders said, is to give freedom to principals to study their own problems and suggest their own solutions.

 

MI Pass, Fail, Struggle: Whatever the MEAP Scores, Education Isn't Easy at Farwell Middle School - The MEAP tests were over and now real work could begin. I wanted the students I taught at Farwell Middle School to work on some engaging writing for a change. So we started a lesson inspired by Louis Carney, a former English teacher at Detroit's Cody High whose students aced the MEAP.

 

MI Reforms Mean Short Summer for Teachers - Principals will have less power and teachers will put in extra time at 14 low-performing Grand Rapids schools under a district plan for boosting achievement. "Everybody's pride is at stake," said Chief Academic Officer John Harberts, who crafted the plan, which has the teachers union's support.

 

MI Schools Want Education Funding Study - Experts say push to determine funding adequacy spurred by tight budgets, No Child Left Behind Act. School superintendents, who say they’ve been crippled by continued state funding cuts, are pushing Michigan to pin down just how much money it takes to educate its children. It’s called an adequacy study, and it is likely to accelerate the debate over whether Michigan’s school funding system is working.

 

PA Testing Standards Spawn Court Fight - The state is failing the children in its fifth-largest school district, which has a large number of children who live in poverty and understand little English, by holding them to the same academic standards as their counterparts in wealthier districts, an attorney for the Reading School District argued yesterday.

 

Numbers Game Scores - MATHCOUNTS, a problem-solving version of a spelling bee that celebrates the unpredictability of mathematics, has spread to about 6,000 U.S. schools and continues to grow.

 

In Failing Schools, How Real is NCLB Transfer Option? - While supporters of the controversial law say the problems will be worked out, the early experience of Chicago and other cities shows how the ideals of a law passed in Washington can be difficult to implement in the complicated world of urban education. In the long list of consequences for schools under NCLB, students can transfer after their schools land on the "needs improvement" list for two years running -- but students can't transfer to schools that don't exist, and -- unless interdistrict agreements become an option -- many cities may see scenarios like Chicago's, in which "choice" is largely meaningless.

 

VA Norfolk, a Blueprint for Narrowing the Gap - In virtually every grade and subject, Norfolk, Va., schools have markedly narrowed the gap between black and white student performance on state tests. Norfolk's numbers are particularly noteworthy given the district's demographics. Two-thirds of the students are African-American. Sixty percent are low-income.

 

NY Staggering Fail Rate in Special Ed - The city's special-education students are being left behind. New state statistics on the achievement of Big Apple students with learning disabilities in 2003 showed a shockingly abysmal performance, with only 3.5 percent of the eighth-graders passing the English exam and 5 percent passing the math test.

 

Sticks and Stones - Yesterday, in “Truth of the Heart,” Debi Lewis wrote so poignantly about the tragic results that can occur when educators label children. She concluded that “when administrations start to back off the notion that kids must be sorted by label, our children can finally be viewed as incredible assets instead of liabilities.”

 

Nearly Every School District in America Left Behind - The Children's Defense Fund recently released a detailed analysis comparing the amount of Title I funding each school district in America would receive under the White House's proposed FY05 budget to the amount school districts would receive at levels authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act. The data show how nearly every school district in the country continues to be shortchanged. Some of the largest school districts in the country will be subjected to significant shortfalls in the 2005-2006 school year: Los Angeles, for example, will suffer a $294 million shortfall from what it was promised under NCLB. In New York, the funding gap will be $649 million; in Houston, $78 million; in Seattle, $8 million; and, in Detroit, $119 million. CDF urges the Administration to re-evaluate its priorities and put our nation's children first by keeping its promise to fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act.

 

The Punishing Truth About No Child Left Behind - Under the accountability provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, public schools would no longer be able to mask the miseducation of certain minorities by reporting averages and aggregates. They'd have to make sure every group -- virtually every child -- was making good academic progress, or there would be penalties to pay. This is perfect -- unless you run an indifferent school district with incompetent administrators and unprepared teachers fearing to be found out, writes William Raspberry. And that may be the fatal flaw with NCLB: its underlying assumption that school failure is willful, and that if you put the fear of God in the people who run the schools, they'll do their jobs a lot better. A handful might. But for most educators, the penalties make about as much sense as yelling at me for using the wrong fork at high tea with the queen of England. I can't do what I don't know how to do -- what I haven't been taught to do -- and punishment is of no help.

 

MA Judge Says State Fails Poor Students: Ruling May Force Spending Hike by Millions - Massachusetts may need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on sweeping changes for its public schools after a judge ruled yesterday the state isn't living up to its responsibility to teach poor students.

 

IL Early Results on 'No Child': Progress - Kids who won highly prized transfers out of failing Chicago public schools averaged much better reading and math gains during the first year in their new schools--just as drafters of the federal No Child Left Behind Law envisioned, an exclusive analysis indicates.

 

A Special Case - The notion that all children can—and should—meet challenging achievement standards has become the mantra of standards-based reform. Both in the individual school microcosm and in the larger academic universe, those standards boil down to numbers. And the numbers are telling. [Free login/registration required to view this article.]
 
The Contentious 'No Child' Law I: Who Will Fix It? And How? - That the federal No Child Left Behind Act is in serious disrepair as the nation's premier educational law in a generation goes without saying. Educators, gop state leaders, governors, Democratic Party candidates for president, suburban parents, and former supporters ridicule the law's anemic funding and intrusive rules that label schools as failures for not achieving "adequate yearly progress." [Free login/registration required to view this article.]
 
The Contentious 'No Child' Law II: Money Has Not Been Left Behind - "An unfunded mandate," cry the critics of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In the words of Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee: "By neglecting his promise to provide the funding necessary to help each student to reach high standards, George W. Bush has made a mockery of the phrase 'leave no child behind.'" Virginia's Republican-dominated legislature recently struck a similar chord, passing (on a vote of 98-1) a resolution complaining that the law will cost "literally millions of dollars that Virginia does not have."  [Free login/registration required to view this article.]
 

Choices for Parents: Getting Students Help With Supplemental Services - Answers to frequently asked questions about "supplemental services" - extra help in reading, language arts, or math that is offered to students before or after school or on weekends.
 
Choices for Parents: The Facts About...Getting Students Help - How No Child Left Behind makes sure that families have options and that children are not trapped in schools in need of improvement.
 

U.S. New Policy for Calculating Participation Rates Under No Child Left Behind - The Bush administration is easing the restrictions of its "No Child Left Behind" education law in the area of testing. The 2001 law requires schools to get participation from at least 95% of students in math and reading testing, as well as at least 95% participation from all major subgroups of students, such as minority students or students with disabilities. Under the new policy, as long as schools average a 95% participation rate among students over two or three years, they'll meet the law. A school that tested only 94% of students one year, for example, could make the mark if it tested 96% of students the year before. The option would apply both to a school's overall population and to any of its major groups of students.

 

Commentary: Demeaned, Diminished, Demoralized, and Drained - In the overall context of IDEA reauthorization from a parent perspective, this week has been full of rumors, anxiety, and emotions on overdrive. This is because amending Part B of the IDEA is one of the most important, if not the single most important, decision that our legislators can make in the lives of 6.5 million students with disabilities.
 

Lines Drawn in Fight on N.S.F. Financing - Michigan Republican Representative Vernon J. Ehlers, the first research physicist elected to Congress, is fighting the Bush administration over a proposal that pits the National Science Foundation against the Education Department. [Free login/registration required to view this article.]

 

AZ Arizona Easing Fed's Rules for School Standards - As complaints against the federal No Child Left Behind Act grow louder, the Bush Administration's tough, two-year-old education reform law is quietly being softened in behind-the-scenes negotiations between the states and Washington, D.C.

 

Nebraska Shuns State Tests - In Nebraska, students aren't pushed to do well on 50-minute tests that will determine whether their teachers and their schools are considered successful. With criticism mounting over implementation of the federal accountability law and states scrambling to overhaul their testing systems to comply, Nebraska alone has succeeded in saying no to mandatory statewide tests. [Free registration/login required to view this article.]

 

U.S. Paige Finds Schools Act a Tough Sell - Little more than two years after Congress gave Bush his first major domestic policy success by overwhelmingly passing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), teachers, parents and state officials across the country are balking at the law's requirements. What figured to be an unquestioned accomplishment for Bush now looks like it could be a liability. And U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige, who has traveled to 46 states since taking office, primarily to promote NCLB, is finding it harder than ever to make his case.

 

CA Funds Could Leave No Bilingual Child Behind - Once excluded from federal dollars, districts with limited-English learners are applying for money to improve literacy for students in grades K-3.

 

The World of Immigrant Students - Although eight languages --Spanish, Vietnamese, Hmong, Cantonese, Cambodian, Korean, Laotian, and Navajo -- comprise 85% of linguistic diversity, 350 language groups are actually spoken in U.S. school districts. Meeting the needs of these students challenges many areas of a school system. In this article, Judy Smith-Davis outlines a set of best practices and a wealth of Web resources to help educators meet this challenge and serve this population of students.

 

U.S. DOE Offers More Guidance to States to Help Implement No Child Left Behind - In an effort to further help states implement the provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) today added a new page to its Web site that provides links to more than 50 policy letters that help explain the law.

 

IA City Outlines Strategies to Close Learning Gap - A high school counselor once told Robert Smith he would have to work much harder than his white peers to achieve the same things throughout his life. Smith, who is African American, took those words with him from a low-income, one-parent home in Dallas, Texas, to college at the University of Iowa. He carried the same message to the State Board of Education on Friday.

 

U.S. New Policies to Help Teachers Become Highly Qualified - U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced three new policies giving teachers greater flexibility in demonstrating that they are highly qualified under the No Child Left Behind Act while also ensuring that every child in America is taught by a teacher who knows his or her subject. These new policies, which take effect immediately, will address the particular challenges of teachers who teach more than one subject, especially those in rural districts and science teachers.

 

MI Detroit Students to Finally Get Transfers From Failing Schools - Detroit Public Schools has finally figured it out. It may have taken all school year, but within a week the Detroit district will send letters letting parents of students at poorly performing schools know which better ones their children may attend, officials said Friday. Nearly 1,000 students who have waited a year to be transferred from academically struggling schools will get a response from the district.

 

FL School Cuts Students; Grade Goes Up - Oak Ridge High in Orlando boosted its school grade from an F to a D last year after purging its attendance roll of dozens of low-performing and often-absent students in the weeks before the FCAT.

 

DE Special Ed a Challenge - No Child Left Behind law has teachers struggling to keep up. "If I get myself so anxious about a test score, it's going to, you know, get in my way of the real target of why we're here." [Source]

 

MI Failing Schools Face Tight Deadline - More than 100 of Michigan’s chronically failing schools have six months to outline a major overhaul that could include replacing entire teaching staffs. Educators and experts say the September deadline is too tight to come up with a restructuring plan, one of the most severe penalties schools face when consistently failing to meet federal achievement standards.

 

U.S. 5 States Want Out of Education Law - The No Child Left Behind Act is only 2 years old, but the federal education law is already sparking a mini-revolt from some states.

 

U.S. Changes Made in Test Rules of School Law - Federal officials said that the test scores of recent immigrants who do not speak English would no longer be considered in determining whether a school was meeting annual targets.

 
U.S. Secretary Paige Announces New Policies to Help English Language Learners - U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced two new policies that will help students who are new to this country and the English language while also giving states and local school districts greater flexibility to help these students and still meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind education reform law.

 

Feds: No Child Left Behind Being Adjusted - The U.S. Department of Education has been hearing the same concerns that legislators are hearing about the effects of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and is making adjustments to administration of the law to meet those concerns, Undersecretary of Education Eugene Hickok told a joint meeting of the Michigan House and Senate Education Committees. But he also noted on Thursday that the standards schools are meeting-or in some cases not meeting-are set by the state, not by his department.  

 

U.S. 'No Child' Law Leaves Old Ways Behind - President Bush's education initiative means many schools must drop arts and extra-curriculars to focus on test results and accountability. [Free login/registration required to view this article.]

 

MI Memorandums from MDE Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Jeremy Hughes (PDF) - Transfer of Student Disciplinary Records - "It is hereby directed that school districts and public school academies must put in place procedures to transfer the disciplinary records of students, with respect to suspensions and expulsions..." NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Flexibility - "New flexibility will allow Michigan to expand the number of teachers who will now meet the NCLB highly qualified requirements without additional coursework or testing." Additional Clarification on Highly Qualified Teacher Flexibility - Addresses new flexibility for special education, social studies, science, and elementary teachers, those who teach in rural areas, the impact of a master's degree, ESL and bilingual ed, and middle school teachers and middle school team teaching. [April 2004]

 

U.S. Myths and Realities: What do we really mean by “No child left behind”? - The purpose of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is “… to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education… (emphasis added).

 

U.S. Examining No Child Left Behind - More than a month ago I asked for stories about the new federal No Child Left Behind law. The stories I got point to very specific strengths and weaknesses of the law, as it becomes reality for our children. [Free registration/login required to view this article.]

 

Critics: School Law Hurts Kids - Thousands do not receive promised academic aid. State fails to check compliance with federal rules. Strong schools flunk for nonacademic reasons.

 

U.S. 'No Child' Rebellion Picking up Momentum - Opposition to President Bush's No Child Left Behind education law is gaining traction, and Republicans -- even in GOP strongholds such as Utah -- are among those digging in deepest.

 

U.S. Sea of Testing Data Buries U.S. Schools - Complex results, errors delaying state report cards. From Utah to Pennsylvania, education officials have been trying to analyze mounting piles of student test scores and teacher competency statistics and finding the task far more costly and time-consuming than they imagined.

 

U.S. Video Webcast: Sec. Paige Announces New No Child Left Behind Provision For Students With Disabilities - Originally broadcast on December 9, 2003; U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Boehner and children with disabilities gathered for a press conference to discuss how all children in America deserve a quality education, including those with disabilities.

 

Website Promises Easy Access to School Data - Federal, state and private education leaders launched a website that promises unprecedented access to information about public school performance.

 

Michigan State Board of Education Statewide Safe School Choice Policy (PDF) under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Act): "Students from persistently dangerous schools or who are victims of a violent crime at school have the right to transfer to another school."
 

U.S. Schools Chiefs Seek Changes in Testing Law - No Child Left Behind Law called 'too Harsh' on some. School superintendents representing 17 Washington area districts and two Catholic school systems presented a plan yesterday to fix what they consider the most damaging part of the federal No Child Left Behind law -- the annual testing of nearly all disabled and limited English-speaking students.

 

VA Virginia Seeks To Leave Bush Law Behind - The Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates sharply criticized President Bush's signature education program Friday, calling the No Child Left Behind Act an unfunded mandate that threatens to undermine the state's own efforts to improve students' performance.

 

US Dept of ED has issued regulations for including students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in Title I assessments & also regulations for implementing changes in Title I of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
 
NCLB Guidance & Regulations - A new provision of NCLB gives local school districts greater flexibility in meeting the act's requirements for students with disabilities.
 

US Dept. of Ed Claims States Have Unprecedented Flexibility to Implement NCLB - The diversity among approved state accountability plans & state consolidated applications shows that states have great flexibility in the design of their systems & implementation of particular NCLB provisions. ED issued a document that describes this flexibility & provides examples.

 

No Child Left Behind Could Spell End for Triage Teaching - The No Child Left Behind Act has been taking a beating lately. When National Education Association President Reg Weaver came to Prince George's a couple of months ago for County Executive Jack B. Johnson's education summit, he blasted the law as "one size fits all." Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean recently called it "No School Board Left Standing." And many educators say they are worried that the law is unfair to schools because it labels so many of them failures.

 

NC How North Carolina Creates More Dropouts - North Carolina's nationally praised push to raise standards in public schools has a dangerous downside that state leaders have widely ignored: a dramatic rise in dropouts. After holding steady for years, the percentage of students quitting N.C. high schools in 1999 surged to the highest rate in at least a decade, and remained high a year later. [Source]

 

MO 4 East St. Louis Principals, 6 Others are Demoted Over Special Education Lapse - Four popular East St. Louis principals whose students did not take mandatory special education tests have been demoted on the recommendation of Superintendent Nate Anderson. The School Board voted 5-1 Friday to discipline the principals, the director of special education and members of her staff at a special board meeting. The demotions were effective Friday.

 

U.S. Klein's New Plan to Rate Teachers - Teachers and supervisors could be rated on how well their students perform compared to kids in other classes - or even in other schools - under a sweeping new accountability plan being crafted by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

 

U.S. Paige Outlines No Child Left Behind Act's "Ten Key Benefits for Parents of English Language Learners" - U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Deputy Under Secretary of Education Maria Hernandez Ferrier today kicked off the department's second annual summit on English language acquisition by unveiling a new initiative to help parents play a more active role in their child's education.

 

Policy: Charter School Program Guidance (Word File) - Non-regulatory guidance addressing questions the U.S. Department of Education has received regarding various provisions of the Charter Schools Program statute, including those related to student admissions to charter schools, the use of lotteries, private school conversions, and the involvement of for-profit organizations in charter schools.
 

U.S. Wrightslaw Explains Reading and No Child Left Behind - Because two-thirds of students are not proficient readers when they graduate from high school, No Child Left Behind focuses on teaching children to read.

 

The Special Ed Dilemma - Advocates say holding special ed kids to the same standards as everybody else is a step forward, but critics say it makes no sense. It produces dumbfounded stares and sighs of frustration. Yes, special education students now have to take regular tests. And the kicker? They are expected to do just as well as students without the same problems.

 

Great Resource: A Translation Guide to Education Jargon - Here's a sentence somebody might say these days in a school near you: "Now that we have to disaggregate scores on a CRT, I don't see how Title I kids are going to make AYP." If you understood that, face it: You're a hopeless education nerd. But parents and other people interested in schools need to recognize some of the jargon common in a discussion about the No Child Left Behind education law.

 

FL Fewer Students, Money Left Behind - The legal fine print of the No Child Left Behind Act details what can happen if a public school fails to make what the federal government considers adequate progress each year. Between the lines is what that can mean for a school in terms of dollars, especially when not meeting the grade provides students the choice to transfer to a better-performing school. In Duval County, it will mean more than $2.3 million in funding will be redirected this year.

 

Commentary: No Child Left Behind Leaves No Loopholes - If little Delaware is in a dither over the impact of the federal No Child Left Behind law, you can imagine what is about to happen in the rest of the country.

 

Bill Maher Commentary: Leave No Child Behind Means Make 'em Vanish - Slogans are not policy, and they're not truth. Twinkies aren't wholesome goodness, and The Clear Skies Initiative isn't really going to bring clear skies. And, it turns out, the Leave No Child Behind law actually leaves lots of children behind.

 

MD Some Parents of Special-ed Students Oppose Plan for Testing - If Maryland's special-education teens were required to pass last year's High School Assessment exams to graduate - which the state is considering requiring all students to do - 90 percent of them would not earn their diplomas.

 

MI State Looks to Bridge Student Achievement Gap - Determined to close a yawning achievement gap between Michigan's white and minority students, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Watkins has created the first state-level position to try to address the stubborn problem.

 

MI Parent Notifications Required in Michigan by No Child Left Behind Act - The purpose of this memorandum is to summarize the notifications that school districts and public school academies are required to provide to parents under the No Child Left Behind Act, and to clarify these requirements in light of the delay in the availability of 2002-03 MEAP results and calculation of 2002-03 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

 

No Parent Left Behind - Educators have recognized for some time that parent involvement plays a critical role in student achievement. Especially in urban districts it has become increasingly clear that failure to enlist parents as partners seriously hampers any school-reform efforts.

 

NC Efforts Pay Off to Close Achievement Gap - Encouraged by a big jump in this year's test scores among minority students, a growing number of educators say North Carolina could eliminate the racial achievement gap in the next few years.

 

TX Booking Success at Stop Six School - "We have children at Walton who don't know the alphabet. They can't write their name. They don't know how to open up a book. They don't even know what a book is for. Yet, over the past decade, the school has found a formula for success, rising from the lowest possible rating of low performing to the state's second-highest rating of recognized.

 

NCLB and Students with Learning Disabilities: Opportunities and Obstacles - The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Bush Administration’s bold federal school reform law, includes benefits to students with learning disabilities (LD), as well as some barriers that might prevent these same students from enjoying all of the opportunities in the law.

 

The Move to Get a Top Teacher in Every Major Class - After more than 25 years giving science tests to her middle-school students, Rebecca Pringle may have to pass one herself to prove she's qualified to teach the subject.

 

PA 'No Child Left Behind' Law Bumps Into Hard Reality - Before the school year began, 30 parents in the Chester Upland School District believed that a federal law would allow them to transfer their children out of the troubled, low-achieving district into one with more resources and better test scores. They were in for a letdown.

 

IL Top Suburban Schools Listed Among Low Scorers on State Test - When state test results are released next month, some top high schools, such as Evanston Township, will find themselves in a potentially awkward position: on a list alongside some of the state's lowest-performing schools.

  

Alternative teacher-certification program debuts online - A new internet-based program that allows under-qualified teachers, career changers, and other professionals to bypass teacher colleges to become "highly qualified" certified teachers made its debut Aug. 22. Passport to Teaching targets people who are interested in becoming teachers but don't want to take the time and incur the expense of completing a traditional teacher-education program. [Free registration required to read/view this article @ www.eschoolnews.com]

 

NY In Order to Cut Their Failure Rate, Schools Shed Students - Growing numbers of students — most of them struggling academically — are being pushed out of New York City's school system and classified under bureaucratic categories that hide their failure to graduate.

 

The Teacher Shortage & its Implications For Recruitment Policy - If districts are to meet No Child Left Behind's requirement for a "highly qualified" teacher in every classroom by 2005-06, they need to reform underlying human resource operations and take a strategic approach to teacher recruitment. This report examines the way districts responded to the teacher shortage problem between 1999 and 2002.

 

WA School chiefs lack broad authority for reforms, UW survey finds - A University of Washington study being released Monday suggests the goals of No Child Left Behind -- a sweeping educational reform that holds schools and districts accountable for student achievement -- will be difficult to meet unless school superintendents are given greater authority.

 

New requirements forcing teachers, states to scramble - Highly qualified' rule set for 2006 by U.S. creates resentment, uncertainty.

 

U.S. Congressman John Boehner's (Republican/Ohio) Weekly E-Bulletin - Articles: Two Key Teacher Quality Measures Pass The U.S. House and House Continues Historic Support For Education Reforms (7-03)

 

NCLB: Conspiracy, Compliance, or Creativity? - "The reason the NCLB exists is simple. For decades, local policymakers and school officials turned a blind eye to a set of vexing problems in public education."

 

U.S. New Initiatives to Celebrate Teachers - U.S. Education Secretary Paige sends Congress progress report about states' teacher quality initiatives.

 

State Accountability for All Students (SAAS) Offers Preliminary Findings on State Policy and Student State Test Results - SAAS is a three year national research project designed to explore the connections between state policy/practice and the participation and performance of students with disabilities in the regular statewide assessment programs. SAAS is also examining the unintended consequences of including students with disabilities in high-stakes testing programs.

   

No Child Left Behind — Really? Why I Like This Law - "I am an attorney who represents children with disabilities. For more than 25 years, I have watched school after school 'drop the ball' — and not give proper education services to disabled children. The only recourse is for courageous and determined parents to take on school systems and make them follow the law, often leading to costly and painful lawsuits" - Bill Byrne.

 

U.S. No Child Left Behind Puts School Districts in a Bind - Thousands of parents in the [California] Bay Area and millions nationwide are receiving letters from their school districts saying their children have a right to transfer immediately from their low-achieving schools to better ones.

 

U.S. To Educators, 'No Child' Goals Out of Reach - As the bad news about America's public schools has poured in, with large numbers falling short of state targets demanded by the new federal education law, local officials are blaming the White House and Congress for asking the impossible. How could rational leaders demand, in just 12 years, that 100 percent of students do well enough on standardized tests to be rated proficient in reading and math? The No Child Left Behind law is "out of touch with reality," said Ron Wimmer, school superintendent in Olathe, Kan., and many of his counterparts across the country agree.

 

Commentary: Maximum Convenience or Maximum Courage? - The practical reality of IDEA and the IEP development process is that it is school-driven and school-focused, rather than child-driven and child-focused. Active and involved parents can change that balance, but only with significant personal effort and dedicated support from other parents or advocates.

 

U.S. Governors Told Urban Schools Need to be "Blown Up" to Improve - The structure of the nation's high schools, particularly those in urban centers with high concentrations of poverty, need to be "blown up" in order to improve student performance, governors were told Monday.

 

Who's Attending Michigan's Priority Schools? (PDF) - Some Michigan schools have failed to meet AYP targets for several years and find themselves in the fourth year of NCLB sanctions. This brief provides analysis of the geographic and demographic characteristics of the schools on the priority schools list in order to provide a clearer picture of the challenge facing state and local school officials. The results are sobering even for experienced school watchers. [Source: Electronic Library of Current Educational Research (ELCER) newsletter]

  

MI Michigan Chamber of Commerce Addresses "No Child Left Behind - Business Involvement Key" in the July/August Issue of Michigan Forward - The one-year old, federal "No Child Left Behind Act" (NCLBA) is the subject of the July/August 2003 issue of Michigan Forward, the magazine of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

 

MI High-achieving Districts are Failing Their Minority Students - For years the state has been reporting on pupil achievement in local school districts, and for years the story has remained the same.

 

MI Schools in dark on MEAP - Michigan teachers are still waiting for the results of last winter's MEAP test -- information they need to determine how to improve student learning.

 

544 Schools Inadequate - An additional 544 Michigan elementary and middle schools have been added to a list of those needing academic improvement after the state learned it erred in following federal rules.
 

NCLB Booklet from the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. - As part of the Project's effort to educate families and their children about their rights, here is a pamphlet on assessment and accountability in PDF format.

 

MI Urban, Poor Schools Most Likely Not to Meet NCLB Progress Standards - Most the state schools that fail to make required yearly progress standards are situated in Michigan's urban areas, and tend to have more poor students.

 

U.S. Alliance for Excellent Education Releases Report on NCLB & Middle Schools - America’s middle schools have a problem. Like elementary and high schools, they must meet a barrage of new requirements as the result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

 

MD Few city families accept transfers to better schools - U.S. law requires option, but many parents wary.

 

MI School Improvement List Sees Temporary Balloon - The list of schools under sanction for having not met adequate yearly progress two years in a row will grow by as many 1,000 schools in the next few days. But that list will likely drop back down to about 200 schools after the next release of Michigan Educational Assessment Program data.

 

Much Educational Research Lacks Proper Standard - A few years ago, late-night TV host Jay Leno found fodder for his opening monologue in a national study purporting to be educational research. A major finding was that students who took algebra in high school did better in college than those who did not.

 

MI Michigan Fourth & Eighth Graders Above National Average in Reading - National test also indicates achievement gap narrowing.

 

CA Testing must include disabled - Federal law requires state to include special-education students to show it is being accountable for all pupils. 

 

Education Effort Meets Resistance - Leaders Say Teacher Certification Test Was Sabotaged; The leaking of test questions, which the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence said led it to cancel a $1.2 million agreement with the testing company ACT Inc., marks the latest battle in a long war between the new organization and several established education groups.
 

MA Real MCAS rates cause for worry, not celebration - As graduation time approaches, news about MCAS testing seems reassuring. After four rounds of re-tests, the Department of Education says 91% of all seniors will receive a diploma. If only reality were so rosy. The problem is this:  MCAS pass rates fail to include students from the Class of 2003 who haven't survived to the twelfth grade. Reaching a "100% pass rate" is possible if we lose more students before graduation. 

 

Bill Summary: The Ready to Teach Act - Congressional Republicans are targeting the nation's teaching colleges with the first in what will be a series of bills to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). The Ready to Teach Act seeks to ensure that teacher training programs are producing well-prepared teachers to meet the needs of America's students.

 

ME Maine May Resist Federal School Law - State lawmakers are expected to consider a resolution calling on President Bush and Congress to exempt Maine from Bush's sweeping new education law or fully fund the high cost for states to comply with it.

 

NCLB: Conspiracy, Compliance, or Creativity? - "The reason the NCLB exists is simple. For decades, local policymakers and school officials turned a blind eye to a set of vexing problems in public education."

 

U.S. Dept of Ed Seeks Broad Input for New National Education Technology Plan - The U.S. Department of Education today announced that it is calling for broad participation and input from a wide array of education stakeholders in crafting a new National Education Technology Plan, as required by the recently enacted No Child Left Behind law.

 

U.S. Ed. Dept. Invests $500,000 in Team to Tout its Agenda - The U.S. Department of Education has quietly assembled an eight-person, half-million-dollar team of political appointees to promote the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001 and, agency officials say, clear up misperceptions about it.

 

MI School choice: Stick or switch? - Patricia Duncan has never felt her 7-year-old daughter was challenged to excel at Bellevue Elementary School in Detroit.

 

MI Focus on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

MI Testing Fad Achieves New Levels With the Disabled - Bloomfield Hills, MI - Fifteen Years ago, when Linda Mischley was looking for a public school for her severely disabled son, she moved hundreds of miles from northern Michigan to this Detroit suburb, so her Bobby could attend the Wing Lake Developmental Center. [All New York Times articles require free registration with www.NewYorkTimes.com before you can access them.]

 

Chasing and Catching Slow Learners in Changing Times - Slow learners make up 14% of the general population yet often do not qualify for special education or other services. The No Child Left Behind Act and amendments to IDEA may change that.

 

PA What constitutes a dangerous school? - Few schools fit definition, state education board says.

 

The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 requires each local educational agency to designate a Homeless Education Liaison. These two documents explain the duties and responsibilities of the liaison. http://www.wm.edu/education/HOPE/liares.pdf and http://www.nationalhomeless.org/LEAs.pdf

 

Who Benefits from Failing Urban School Districts? An Essay on Equity and Justice for Diverse Children in Urban Poverty

 

For Special Ed Students, the MCAS Can be a Nightmare - Every night, Jonathan Galina lies awake in bed with the same thought:  "I'm not going to school tomorrow. I quit."

 

CA Disabled students call test unfair: State high school exit exam forcing them out of classroom, some say.  After Justin Pierce, an 11th-grader with dyslexia, failed the math portion of California's new graduation exam for the second time, he left his family in Napa.

 

U.S. Granholm Warns of Unfunded Mandates in 'No Child' Act - Republican and Democratic governors split sharply at this weekend's National Governors Association meeting over President George W. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" federal school funding law that significantly increased education funding to states in exchange for greater school choice for pupils.

 

Inside the No Child Left Behind Law - Like many people, I am having difficulty understanding the new federal No Child Left Behind Law. It helps me to have well-informed advocates debate issues that confuse me. So two experts have kindly accepted my invitation to argue about the law in this column.

 

Find Information on Your State! The Education Commission of the States <http://nclb.ecs.org/nclb/> has information on each state's compliance and progress with regards to the No Child Left Behind Act.  Choose your method of search from the left-hand panel of the page.

 

Supplemental Services Addressed by the No Child Left Behind Act: The term "supplemental services" refers to extra help provided to students in reading, language arts and math. This extra help can be provided before or after school or on weekends.

 

Education YES! PowerPoint Presentation by Dr. J. Hughes (12/02)

 

Fiscal woes endanger `No Child Left Behind' law, report says - State fiscal woes and limited federal funds may doom an ambitious education law that aims to ensure all public school students are academically proficient by 2014, according to a report issued Friday.

 

States argue schools can't measure up - The problem being cited by many state and local officials is that the "No Child Left Behind" law requires school systems to raise the achievement levels of students in each of five racial and ethnic subgroups, as well as among low-income students, those with limited English skills and disabled students every year.

 

U.S. States Strive Toward Federal Compliance - While most states have moved quickly to meet the student testing requirements of the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001, a majority have not defined how they will measure "adequate yearly progress," how many students from a subgroup (disabled, racial minority, etc.) are needed in a school before their test scores will count for accountability purposes, or how to define a "highly qualified" teacher.

 

NY Students Ousted for Stats? - Thousands of struggling students were discharged by high school administrators more concerned about their own job evaluations than the students' futures, say some public officials and children's advocates.

  

MI State Board finalizes plan to grade schools 

 

MI Gongwer 12-12-02 Education Board Approves Accreditation Grades

 

MI School ratings under Ed Yes!  Letter grades would reveal more than MEAP scores - MI has wrestled for too many years over how to rate its schools.  On December 12th, the state Board of Education finally should launch an accreditation system that gives a letter grade, like a report card, to every public school.

 

U.S. Federal rules put schools to test - Rules force penalizing schools when special-ed students fail to make gains on tests.  New federal education rules will force Florida to do what it has never done: penalize public schools when special-education students fail to make acceptable gains on statewide tests.

 

Gongwer 11-27-02 Federal Regulations Could Push Up Charter Schools

 

MI State passes progress portion of accreditation system

 

MI Gongwer 11-14-02 State Board of Ed Approves Federal Progress Standards

 

MI Gongwer 11-7-02 Education Board Considering Changes to Accreditation

 

U.S. States Get Federal Warning on School Standards

 

U.S. States Revise the Meaning Of 'Proficient'
 

Read the article "Secretary Picks Fellow Texan To Head Assessment Board"
 

MI MIRS 9-12-02 Education YES! Another Deadline Doomed? - Do it now or do it right. That is the dilemma facing the State Board of Education as it attempts to meet another self-imposed December deadline for implementing its accreditation system for Michigan's public schools, Education YES! – A Yardstick for Excellent Schools.

 

Letters to the Editor:  Education Week - Virtually all states exclude the achievement of special ed students in state ratings of school performance.

  

MI Gongwer 9-12-02 Board of Ed Trying to Determine At-Risk Schools Measures

 

No Child Unrecruited - Buried deep within the new No Child Left Behind Act is a provision requiring public secondary schools to provide military recruiters with contact information for every student -- or face a cutoff of all federal aid. To many, requiring the release of personal information intrudes on the privacy rights of students - and they  plan to inform students of their right to withhold their records. [source]

 

State, U.S. Feud Over Teachers - Strapped for experienced teachers, California is skirting the nation's new education law by insisting that 50,000 rookies without full credentials are nonetheless "highly qualified," federal officials said Monday.

 

The big lie: 'No child left behind'

 

School choice law may not help children in districts with tight space - A key feature of a new federal education law intended to give 3.5 million poor children a chance to attend better public schools this fall cannot succeed in urban districts that are strapped for space, educators say.

 

Critics say law places emphasis on MEAP - State standards force teaching to tests, some argue.

 

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Long-Awaited ESEA Rules Are Released

 

Paige Announces "No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools" Recognition Program

 

MN Teachers get an easy pass - Minnesota teachers hold a national reputation for excellence, but when it comes to the tests they take to get their licenses, the state allows some of the lowest passing scores in the country.

 

MI 10 Michigan schools fall from 'finest' list - Quick demise taints validity of nation's recognition program.

 

CA California Education Funding Imperiled - U.S. Demands End to Hiring of Uncredentialed Teachers.

 

Education research is under the microscope  - Quality of data crucial as schools base more decisions on studies.

 

MI Info Related To Individual School Building AYP Status

 

State, U.S. Feud Over Teachers - Strapped for experienced teachers, California is skirting the nation's new education law by insisting that 50,000 rookies without full credentials are nonetheless "highly qualified," federal officials said Monday.

 

Sec. Paige Announces $3.5 Million Grant to Support NCLB Demo Project

 

MIRS 7/25/02 - Will States Be Left Behind Without Funds for NCLBA?

 

Department Seeks to Clarify ESEA School Choice Mandates

 

Group wants to cut list of failing schools by changing standards

 

Frustration Grows as States Await 'Adequate Yearly Progress' Advice - State officials are frustrated and worried over a lack of federal guidance on setting annual performance targets for schools, as required by the nation's major education law. Fueling their concerns are preliminary simulations in more than a dozen states that suggest a majority of their schools could be identified as needing "improvement."

 

U.S. Secretary Rod Paige Explains "Adequate Yearly Progress"  under the new No Child Left Behind Act and How it Will Affect States and Schools

 

Private Schools and Testing of Title I Students - Clarification - The Department of Education recently published in the Federal Register final regulations for the standards and assessment requirements of Title I. Since a number of you have inquired about the applicability of state academic assessment to private schools, we are pleased to inform you that the regulations address that issue directly, and make it clear that private schools, including private schools with Title I students, are not required to participate in a state's academic assessments. If a private school has students who receive Title I services, the LEA must consult with private school officials about how those students will be assessed.

 

Major Changes to ESEA in the No Child Left Behind Act by Learning First Alliance http://www.learningfirst.org

 

American Federation of Teachers Summary of ESEA (Click here for the Summary in pdf format)

Special edition of Community Schools Online summarizes the implications of the new ESEA legislation for community schools

 

Discussion of what US DOE's Policy on "Scientifically based research" Means

 

Law could worsen teacher shortage: U.S. act tightens certification rules - A little-noticed provision in the new federal education law could seriously aggravate the teacher shortage across Illinois over the next few years, as school officials scramble to fill classrooms with properly certified candidates. (source)

 

Negotiators Retain Heart of Ed. Dept. Proposals - A negotiating committee reached consensus last week on proposed federal rules for state standards and assessment systems under the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Includes the story "Reaching Consensus"

 

Leave No Child Behind in the Middle Grades  - It all comes down to implementation. How "historic" the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 will be depends on the readiness of states and school districts to conform to the requirements of the law. In this interesting analysis, Cindy Brown makes 12 predictions of how implementation will unfold, with an emphasis on the impact of the law on middle grades.

 

No Child Left Behind: What Will It Take?  - Just one month after President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law, a provocative set of expert papers commissioned by the Fordham Foundation explores the legislation's key features: its testing and accountability provisions. Click here for a copy of the report in PDF format, or click here for a copy of the report in Word (source).

 

Testing Rules Would Grant States Leeway - States would have significant flexibility in meeting new federal testing requirements, under draft regulations released by the Department of Education last week.

 

A "PROFICIENT" SCORE DEPENDS ON GEOGRAPHY - What exactly does "proficient" mean? The answer, it appears, depends on where you live. Yet how states define the word is at the heart of the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 

Education Act Limits Privacy - A little-mentioned provision of President Bush's new education act could mean constantly ringing telephones, jammed mailboxes and a loss of privacy for high school students and their parents. Section 9528 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, signed into law Jan. 8, says high schools receiving federal aid must give students' names, addresses and telephone numbers to any military recruiter or higher education provider who asks for them.

 

Post Your Response - ESEA Reauthorization: A Bit More of the Same? - How much does the new law move the nation forward in addressing the achievement gap between rich and poor students and between those who are well- protected and resilient and those who are vulnerable and troubled? (source)

 

Law Mandates Scientific Base For Research - Congress and the Bush administration are aiming to base school improvement efforts less on intuition and experience and more on research-based evidence.  But the question arises: Who decides what counts as such?  Includes a resource list: "Finding What Works in Education."

 

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