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ERIC Number: ED504178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Flexibility Under No Child Left Behind: Volume IV--The Local Flex Demonstration Program in Seattle Public Schools
Christensen, Gayle S.; Feehan, Kathleen; Loss, Daniel
US Department of Education
Flexibility and accountability are two levers for change that occupy an increasingly prominent place among federal strategies for educational improvement. In return for introducing higher academic standards and performance-based accountability systems, states and districts have been granted increasing flexibility over how they may use the funding they receive from federal sources, based on the premise that local educators and administrators are in the best position to identify student needs and that these needs can best be met if local actors are given greater flexibility over the use of federal resources, while meeting high standards for academic performance. This report is based on interviews conducted with various stakeholders involved in Seattle Public Schools' implementation of Local Flex, including representatives from the Seattle Public Schools and the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Reported findings include: (1) By focusing on five major themes through Local Flex, Seattle Public Schools better targeted federal funds to meet student needs; (2) Local Flex ushered in improved collaboration within the district office and reduced administrative burdens, although the district had not yet taken full advantage of the potential program benefits; (3) Seattle Public Schools' relationship with the state remained similar while the district's interaction with public and private schools improved since implementing the program; and (4) Respondents indicated that the district had been able to balance flexibility with the intent of federal programs. Interview Instruments are appended. (Contains 9 footnotes and 3 exhibits.)
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:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (ED), Policy and Program Studies Service
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001