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ERIC Number: ED482267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Challenges and Opportunities of NCLB for Small, Rural, and Isolated Schools. Topical Summary.
Barton, Rhonda
Complying with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has presented special problems for small, rural, and isolated schools. This document presents results of surveys and interviews of county and district superintendents, principals, teachers, trustees, and curriculum directors of small, rural, and isolated schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The surveys were intended to examine some of the creative solutions to fulfilling NCLB requirements and some of the impediments. What emerges from the research is a picture of small and rural schools struggling with a lack of resources but determined to meet the needs of students as well as all the requirements of NCLB. The report looks first at the key challenges these school face, such as declining enrollments and geographical isolation. It next discusses impediments and innovations, focusing on adequate yearly progress, quality teacher recruitment and training, and higher qualifications and appropriate roles of paraprofessionals. It concludes with other issues and opportunities specific to small, rural, and isolated schools. (WFA)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Div. of Planning and Service Coordination.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Idaho; Montana; Oregon; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001