Published Online: May 10, 2011
Published in Print: May 11, 2011, as No Child Left Behind

Report Roundup

No Child Left Behind

"Parent Involvement and Extended Learning Activities in School Improvement Plans in the Midwest Region"

An analysis of 1,400 school improvement plans from Title I schools in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin from the 2007-08 school year found that more than 90 percent included at least one “potentially effective” parent-involvement activity, and 70 percent included at least one extended-learning activity, such as a before-school, after-school, or summer program.

The reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader from the federal Institute of Education Sciences found that very few of the plans included activities that involved parents in decisionmaking. Just 5 percent of before-school, 20 percent of after-school, and 5 percent of summer school programs offered academic support for struggling learners. Under the No Child Left Behind law, the plans are required for Title I schools that fail to meet academic-improvement targets two years in a row.

Vol. 30, Issue 30, Page 5

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