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Assessing State Progress in Meeting the Highly Qualified Teacher Goal (MS Word) (Mar 22, 2006)
This document, "Assessing State Progress in Meeting the Highly Qualified Teacher Goal," sets out the procedures the Department will use to review the progress of each State in meeting the HQT goal and its efforts in meeting the implementation principles spelled out in the Secretary's letter. (MS Word)
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Designing Schoolwide Programs Non-Regulatory Guidance (Mar 22, 2006)
This document is the Non-Regulatory Guidance for Designing Schoolwide Programs (MS WORD)
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Letter to the Chief State School Officers Describes the Process the Department will use to Assess States' Progress in Meeting the Highly Qualified Teacher Goal. (MS Word) (Mar 22, 2006)
This document addresses questions about the procedures the Department will establish to review the States' progress in meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers goal, and questions about what must be included in a revised State plan. Two documents describe how the Department will work with the States to revise their plans to ensure that all teachers can become highly qualified as soon as possible. (MS Word)
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Letter to Chief State School Officers Regarding how the Department will Review States' Progress in Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers goal (MS Word) (Mar 22, 2006)
This document addresses questions about the procedures the Department will establish to review the States' progress in meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers goal, and questions about what must be included in a revised State plan. Two documents describe how the Department will work with the States to revise their plans to ensure that all teachers can become highly qualified as soon as possible. (MS Word)
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Editor's Pick  Final Transferability Authority Guidance (MS Word) (Mar 17, 2006)
This guidance on the Transferability Authority updates the Draft Guidance of October 4, 2002. It clarifies certain existing policies and re-formats many examples within the text to a side-by-side format in shaded text boxes. (MS Word)
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Letter to Chief State School Offers Regarding the Amendment Process and Guidance on Identifying Districts in Need of Improvement under NCLB - Attachment A (MS Word) (Mar 15, 2006)
Letter to Chief State School Offers Regarding the Amendment Process and Guidance on Identifying Districts in Need of Improvement under NCLB - Attachment A. (MS Word)
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Letter to Chief State School Offers Regarding the Amendment Process and Guidance on Identifying Districts in Need of Improvement under NCLB - Attachment B (MS Word) (Mar 15, 2006)
Letter to Chief State School Offers Regarding the Amendment Process and Guidance on Identifying Districts in Need of Improvement under NCLB - Attachment B. (MS Word)
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Letter to Chief State School Offers Regarding the Amendment Process and Guidance on Identifying Districts in Need of Improvement under NCLB (PDF) (Mar 08, 2006)
This letter and attachments remind Chiefs of the amendment process and provides guidance on identifying districts in need of improvement and on addressing accountability implications that result from transitioning to grade 3-8 annual testing versus grade span testing.
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Standards and Assessments Peer Review Guidance (PDF) (Jan 25, 2006)
The purpose of this guidance is to inform States of the peer review process that is designed to help ensure that the States accepted into the growth model pilot have technically sound growth models, a high probability of success in incorporating measures of student growth into school accountability systems, and models that are consistent with the spirit of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (PDF) (PDF)
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Standards and Assessments Peer Review Guidance (MS Word) (Jan 25, 2006)
The purpose of this guidance is to inform States of the peer review process that is designed to help ensure that the States accepted into the growth model pilot have technically sound growth models, a high probability of success in incorporating measures of student growth into school accountability systems, and models that are consistent with the spirit of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (MS Word) (MS WORD)
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Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance - Transition to Teaching Program (Nov 09, 2005)
This page lists statutes, regulations, legislation, policy guidance, and flexibility provisions for the Transition to Teaching program.
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Minnesota Letter Regarding Guidance on Alternate Assessments (Oct 26, 2005)
This letter (Minnesota) addresses issues and concerns and provides guidance regarding the use of alternative assessments to meet the assessment requirements of Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Ohio Letter Regarding Guidance on Alternate Assessments (Oct 20, 2005)
This letter addresses issues and concerns and provides guidance regarding the use of alternative assessments to meet the assessment requirements of Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act.
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South Dakota Letter Regarding Guidance on Alternate Assessments (Oct 20, 2005)
This letter addresses issues and concerns and provides guidance regarding the use of alternative assessments to meet the assessment requirements of Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plans - Connecticut - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Oct 07, 2005)
This policy letter is the response to Connecticut's request for amendments to their accountability plan.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Nevada - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Oct 07, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Nevada's state accountability plan.
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Virginia Letter Regarding Guidance on Alternate Assessments (Oct 06, 2005)
This letter addresses issues and concerns and provides guidance regarding the use of alternative assessments to meet the assessment requirements of Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Decision Letter on Request to Amend New Mexico Accountability Plan (Sep 28, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to New Mexico's state accountability plan.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plans - Maine September 15, 2005 letter - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Sep 15, 2005)
This policy letter addresses Maine's amendment to use a confidence interval for the "safe harbor" considerations for the Maine state accountability plan.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - New Hampshire - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Sep 15, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to New Hampshire's state accountability plan. (letter dated September 15, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plans NCLB Policy Letters to States (Sep 15, 2005)
This policy letter is the response to Illinois' request for amendments to their accountability plan.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Washington - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Sep 01, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Washington's state accountability plan. (letter dated September 1, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Alabama - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 31, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Alabama's state accountability plan. (letter dated August 16, 2005)
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New Jersey - Amendment to Accountability Plan - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 31, 2005)
This policy letter addresses New Jersey's request for amendments to the New Jersey accountability plan. (letter dated August 25, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - North Carolina - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 31, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to North Carolina's state accountability plan. (letter dated June 29, 2005)
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New Jersey - Amendment to Accountability Plan - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 31, 2005)
This policy letter addresses New Jersey's request for amendments to the New Jersey accountability plan. (letter dated August 16, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Virginia - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 25, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Virginia's state accountability plan. (letter dated August 25, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Alaska - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 22, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Alaska's state accountability plan. (letter dated August 22, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plans - Oregon letter - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 21, 2005)
This policy letter to Oregon addresses approval of Oregon's request to amendment its State accountability plan.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plans - Missouri - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 19, 2005)
The policy letter addresses the submission of amendments to the Missouri Consolidated State Application.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Pennsylvania - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 19, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Pennsylvania's state accountability plan. (Letter dated August 19, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Virginia - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 19, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Virginia's state accountability plan.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plans - Kentucky - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 15, 2005)
The policy letter addresses the submission of amendments to the Kentucky Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook to make AYP determinations prior to their being approved.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Kansas - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 11, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Kansas' state accountability plan. (letter dated August 16, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Iowa - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 11, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Iowa's state accountability plan. (letter dated August 11, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plans - Nebraska - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 11, 2005)
The policy letter addresses the submission and approval of various amendments to the Nebraska Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook.
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"Highly Qualified Teachers: Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, ESEA Title II, Part A, Non-Regulatory Guidance" (MS Word) (Aug 10, 2005)
This document is currently being revised. (MS Word)
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"Highly Qualified Teachers: Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, ESEA Title II, Part A, Non-Regulatory Guidance" (PDF) (Aug 10, 2005)
This document is currently under revision (PDF)
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Improving Teacher Quality State Grants -- New and Revised Items in August 3, 2005 Guidance (Aug 10, 2005)
This document identifies questions in the August 3, 2005, guidance that are new and questions that have been revised.
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - South Dakota - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 09, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to South Dakota's state accountability plan. (Letter dated August 9, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - Colorado - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 09, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to Colorado's state accountability plan (letter dated August 9, 2005).
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Annex XXVIII to the Memorandum of Undestanding on Education Between the Government Of The United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mexico (MS WORD) (Aug 05, 2005)
This document is an addendum to the Memorandum of Undestanding on Education Between the Government Of The United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mexico. It outlines joint activities that aim to improve primary, secondary, and postsecondary education in both countries. (MS WORD)
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Annex VI to the Memorandum of Undestanding on Education Between the Government Of The United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mexico (MS WORD) (Aug 05, 2005)
This document is an addendum to the Memorandum of Undestanding on Education Between the Government Of The United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mexico. It outlines joint activities that aim to improve primary, secondary, and postsecondary education in both countries. (MS WORD)
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Memorandum of Undestanding on Education Between the Government Of The United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mexico (MS WORD) (Aug 05, 2005)
This document is an addendum to the Memorandum of Undestanding on Education Between the Government Of The United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mexico. It outlines joint activities that aim to improve primary, secondary, and postsecondary education in both countries. (MS WORD)
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Massachusetts - Amendment to Accountability Plan - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 05, 2005)
This policy letter addresses Massachusetts' request for amendments to the Massachusetts' accountability plan. (Letter dated August 5, 2005)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - South Carolina - NCLB Policy Letters to States (Aug 05, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to South Carolina's state accountability plan.
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2005 NASFAA Presentation on Federal Student Aid Cash Management Issues (MS Word) (Aug 03, 2005)
The file provides the presentation provided by U.S. Department of Education staff at the 2005 conference of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) on cash management issues. (MS Word)
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2005 NASFAA Presentation on Federal Student Aid Cash Management Issues (MS PowerPoint) (Aug 03, 2005)
The file provides the presentation provided by U.S. Department of Education staff at the 2005 conference of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) on cash management issues. (MS PowerPoint)
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Memorandum Of Understanding on Education Between the Government Of The United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mexico (MS WORD) (Aug 02, 2005)
This document is the Memorandum Of Understanding on Education Between the Government Of The United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mexico. (MS WORD)
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Request to Amend Accountability Plan - New York- NCLB Policy Letters to States (Jul 28, 2005)
This policy letter addresses approval decisions regarding various amendments to New York's state accountability plan (letter dated July 28, 2005).
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