New Reports Track 'No Child Left Behind' Progress
"State and Local Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, Volume VI"
The U.S. Department of Education has published three new evaluations of separate portions of the 7-year-old No Child Left Behind Act.
Released last week, the reports assess the implementation of school choice and tutoring for children in low-performing schools; track the targeting of federal funds toward high-poverty schools; and evaluate the use of alternative tests for special education students.
They show that in the 2006-07 school year, 45,000 students exercised the NCLB law's school choice option—less than 1 percent of the total eligible.
Students were more likely to sign up for free tutoring available under the law. In the 2005-06 school year, 449,000 used that option. Participation rates stalled at 17 percent, though, from 2003-04 to 2005-06.
The law spurred some progress in increasing the portion of money being allocated to high-poverty districts from the Title I program. That percentage grew from 50 percent in the 1997-98 school year to 52 percent in 2005-06.
The reports also showed that, while all states had alternative tests in place for special education students by the 2005-06 school year, 15 could not show that their assessments met all NCLB requirements in August 2008.
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