ERIC Number: ED498409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Flexibility Under "No Child Left Behind": Volume I--Executive Summary of Transferability, REAP Flex, and Local-Flex Evaluations
Christensen, Gayle S.
US Department of Education
The reauthorization of the "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" ("ESEA") as amended by the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" ("NCLB") relied on two notable policy instruments to improve education: accountability and flexibility. "NCLB" complements accountability with several new flexibility provisions. It exchanges greater accountability for results with greater levels of flexibility in how states and school districts can use federal education funds. The intent is to reduce federal red tape and put greater decision-making powers at the local and state levels for educators most in touch with students' needs. This study examines three of six flexibility programs--Transferability, REAP Flex, and the Local Flexibility Demonstration Program (Local Flex)--through nationally representative surveys and case studies of districts. This Executive Summary provides a brief overview of the three programs and then summarizes and compares the key results across the three flexibility programs. Volumes II, III, and IV of this report provide more detailed information on each of these flexibility programs. (Contains 2 exhibits.) [This document was prepared for the US Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, Policy and Program Studies Services by the Urban Institute.]
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Demonstration Programs, Federal Aid, Federal Regulation, Government School Relationship, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Educational Finance, Resource Allocation, Rural Schools, Program Descriptions, Public Education, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site: http://www.edpubs.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001