ERIC Number: ED484973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Bringing To Life the School Choice and Restructuring Requirements of NCLB: The Role of the State
Education Commission of the States
As the number of schools that must allow their students to transfer to another school under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) rises, and as more parents become aware of their options, there will likely be a considerable increase in the number of parents requesting transfers. These likely increases, however, will often occur in districts where, up to this point, only a fraction of those eligible for a transfer actually get a seat in a higher-performing school if they apply. Though several districts honored most or all transfer requests, many cited the lack of seats at higher-performing schools as a constraint. Under NCLB districts cannot use capacity problems as an excuse for not providing seats for students who wish to transfer. For these districts, and the states that oversee their progress, it is vitally important to look at stimulating the supply of new choices so interested families can exercise their rights to transfer. This policy brief sketches out the roles that states can play in the process, including targeted campaigns to assess needs, creation of an environment in which new options can form and thrive, and the development of new new supply choices.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, School Choice, Accountability, Educational Policy, Eligibility, Transfer Policy
Education Commission of the States, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Web site: http://www.ecs.org
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.