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Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind
Fact Number Eight: No Child Left Behind provides state and local leaders with unprecedented flexibility as they implement the law.
The foundation of No Child Left Behind is a system of state standards and state assessments to ensure accountability. Each state sets its own standards and each state determines what assessment it will use to measure student achievement.
To provide state and local school districts with as much flexibility as possible, No Child Left Behind provides the ability to transfer up to 50 percent of the funding they receive for Teacher Quality, Educational Technology, Innovative Programs, and Safe and Drug-Free Schools, to any one of these programs or to Title I. This ability to transfer federal funds among certain accounts is new under No Child Left Behind and no "permission" is required before transferring funds.
States and local school districts also have the opportunity to apply for demonstration projects providing even more flexibility in how federal resources are used.
Additionally, recent policies announced by the U.S. Department of Education are providing states and local school districts with even more flexibility as they meet the academic needs of students with disabilities and English language learners.
More information on the flexibility provisions related to students with disabilities is available at: http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2003/12/12092003.html
More information on the flexibility provisions related to English Language Learners is available at: http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2004/02/02192004.html
The U.S. Department of Education publication, "Charting the Course: States Decide Major Provisions Under No Child Left Behind," outlines in detail the amount of flexibility states have with regard to their accountability systems and the implementation of particular No Child Left Behind provisions. It is available online at: http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2004/01/01142004.html
Note: Fact Number Nine of the Nine Facts About No Child Left Behind will be published in tomorrow's Extra Credit.
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Last Modified: 03/03/2004