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What Happens When A State Identifies A School As In Need Of Improvement?
When a state identifies a school as in need of improvement, school officials are required to work with parents, school staff, the local education agency, and outside experts to develop a plan to help the school get back on track. Here's a quick look at some of the activities that are part of that process:

LEA Provides Technical Assistance: The local education agency (LEA) must ensure that the school receives needed technical assistance as it develops and implements its improvement plan. Examples of technical assistance can include everything from help identifying problems in instruction or curriculum to help analyzing and revising the school's budget so that resources are more effectively targeted to activities most likely to help students learn.

Develop Strategies To Strengthen Core Academic Subjects: The school's improvement plan must incorporate strategies, relying on scientifically based research, that will strengthen core academic subjects, especially the subject areas that resulted in the school's being deemed in need of improvement.

Help Teachers Improve Their Skills: A school in need of improvement must spend at least 10 percent of its Title I funds to improve the skills of teachers. Schools also are expected to incorporate a teacher mentoring program.

Increasing Parental Involvement: The school's improvement plan must include strategies to promote effective parental involvement in the school.


About Extra Credit
NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress.

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