ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION
NCLB Policy Letters to States

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Policy Letters from the Secretary and Deputy Secretary
NCLB Legislation, Regulations, Updated Guidance
Standards, Assessments, Accountability

These policy letters provide guidance and insight on a variety of topics of interest to State Educational Agencies (SEAs), school districts, federal program directors, and others in implementing No Child Left Behind.


Accountability
  • Decision letters on state accountability plans

  • Approved state accountability plans

  • Letter to Chief State School Officers regarding the Community Eligibility Option and Title I, Part A requirements (July 6, 2012)
    download files PDF | (696 KB)

  • Letters to Chief State School Officers Regarding an Update on Several NCLB Cornerstones (January 8, 2009)

    • Assessment Fact Sheet (2009)
      download files PDF (74K)

  • Letter to Chief State School Officers regarding performance indexes. (December 2, 2008)
    download files MS WORD(40K) |PDF (1.3M)

  • Letter to Chief State School Officers on Amendment Requests for School Year 2008-2009 (December 5, 2008)
    download files MS WORD (41K) | PDF (1.3M)

  • Letter to Chief State School Officers on Amendment Requests for School Year 2007-2008 (November 19, 2007)
    MS WORD (40K) | PDF (1.2M)

  • Letter to Chief State School Officers on Department Priorities and Future Actions (September 19, 2006)
    MS WORD (40K) | PDF (1.2M)

  • 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.

    • download files Letter from Assistant Secretary to Chief State School Officers PDF (646K) (March 8, 2006)
    • download files Attachment A MS WORD (77K)
    • download files Attachment B MS WORD (39K)

  • Process to amend state accountability plans

    • Letter from Assistant Secretary to Chief State School Officers
      [downloadable files] MS WORD (32K) (January 27, 2005)

  • Letter to Chief State School Officers regarding inclusion of students with disabilities in state accountability systems



ACCOUNTABILITY AND WITHIN-DISTRICT ALLOCATIONS

Letter to Chief State School Officers regarding the Community Eligibility Option and Title I, Part A requirements HTML


Adequate Yearly Progress in Title I Targeted Assistance Schools

Adjustments to Title I Allocations

Alternative Methods for Distributing Title I Funds

Assessment

Calculating Participation Rates for AYP Determinations

Choice

Differentiated Accountability

Flexibility and Waivers

Growth Models

Highly Qualified Teachers

Identification of Districts for Improvement

Identification of Schools for School Improvement

National Technical Advisory Council

Paraprofessionals

School Improvement
  • School Improvement Funding Application announcement
    download files PDF (592K) (October 2, 2007)

  • School Improvement State Allocation Chart
    download files PDF (3092K) (September 4, 2007)

  • Application on School Improvement Funding
    download files PDF (191K) (Fiscal Year 2007)

  • School Improvement Fund web site


Supplemental Educational Services

Use of Funds

WITHIN-DISTRICT ALLOCATIONS
  • Letter to Chief State School Officers regarding the Community Eligibility Option and Title I, Part A requirements (July 6, 2012)
    download files PDF | (696 KB)


 
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