January 29, 2004, Extra Credit
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Questions and Answers on the School Improvement Provisions of No Child Left Behind

Non-regulatory guidance recently released by the U.S. Department of Education helps explain the school and local education agency (LEA) improvement provisions that are part of the No Child Left Behind and Title I regulations. Superintendents, principals, teachers, and parents can find information on the annual review process and the school improvement process, including the need for a school improvement plan and technical assistance from the LEA.

Among the more than 100 questions addressed in the guidance are the following:

  • Why do the state education agency (SEA) and LEA conduct an annual review of school progress?
  • What data do SEAs and LEAs review?
  • What purpose is served by identifying a school for improvement?
  • When the LEA identifies a school for improvement, what information must it provide to parents?
  • What must the school do when it is identified for improvement?
  • What is the source of funding for the professional development detailed in the school improvement plan?
  • How must the school improvement plan address parental involvement?
  • In what areas must the LEA assist a school in improvement?
  • What must the State do to assist schools identified as in need of improvement?

The Jan. 7 non-regulatory guidance, "LEA and School Improvement," can be accessed online at:


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