ERIC Number: ED464158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities and Accountability To Leave No Child Behind in the Middle Grades: An Examination of the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001."
Brown, Cynthia G.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 reauthorized and significantly expanded the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Act and its accompanying fund increases offer numerous opportunities to improve teaching and achievement of young adolescents, targeting federal money more than ever to high poverty schools and districts and including tougher accountability requirements. This paper highlights major opportunities to improve achievement of middle grades students, including the opportunity to spend much more money wisely, mainly in high poverty schools; direct programs that improve the learning of English language learners; improve the quality of teaching and professional development in high poverty and struggling middle schools; and employ high quality teachers and paraprofessionals. It also provides opportunities for parents to receive specific information about the quality of their children's teachers, for parents of students in low performing schools to choose alternative learning options, for schools to be recognized for success, and for the establishment of charter schools. The Act relies heavily on stronger accountability requirements to stimulate greater efforts by educators to improve the achievement of historically ill-served students. Two appendices present key definitions from the No Child Left Behind Act and allowable responsibilities of paraprofessionals under the Act. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Improvement, English (Second Language), Federal Legislation, High Risk Students, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Poverty, Teaching Skills
For full text: http://www.emcf.org/programs/student/student_pub.htm#TMtag17.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; No Child Left Behind Act 2001