March 11, 2004, Extra Credit
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March 11, 2004
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Helping States Implement No Child Left Behind

In an effort to further help states implement the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education has added a new page to its Web site that provides links to more than 50 policy letters offering guidance and insight on a variety of topics of interest to state education leaders, superintendents, federal program directors, and others implementing No Child Left Behind. These letters will also help parents and teachers better understand the provisions of the law.

"We want to ensure that the public has access to the information that is used to implement the historic education reforms in the No Child Left Behind law," said U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. "The public can now have access to the guidance the Department of Education is providing their states, and can learn from similar issues in other states. State and local education agencies can learn from each other as they seek to explore NCLB's flexibility in their efforts to improve education for all their children. We hope that these policy letters will show how receptive we are to providing states and local school districts even more flexibility in implementing the provisions of NCLB."

Among the topics of addressed in these letters are: decisions on state accountability plans; questions about determining adequate yearly progress; local and state flexibility issues; and information on highly qualified teachers.

To view these letters, please visit:


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