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ERIC Number: ED539606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Making It Clear: How Federal Law, Parent Involvement, and Free Tutoring for Students in Struggling Schools Go Together
Federal law requires schools that have fallen short of state learning standards for three years or more to pay for any low-income student in that school to receive "supplemental educational services," or free academic tutoring! Supplemental educational services (SES) are, simply, free tutoring services that some schools must offer to low-income students. Students receive SES "in addition" to regular teaching during the school day. A federal law called "No Child Left Behind" ("NCLB," for short) requires schools to meet certain "progress goals" every year. A school's goals for making progress are based on learning standards set by the state. To reach its progress goals every year, a school must show that its students are meeting the state learning standards. If students do not meet standards and the school fails to reach its goals for three years in a row, the school district must pay for low-income students to receive SES. Parents should get actively involved when their schools fail to meet their goals. If the school tells parents that it has not met its goals for two years in a row, parents should contact the school and district officials and ask: (1) Does the school have a plan to meet its goals?; (2) What can parents do to help?; and (3) What is the school's plan for telling parents about free tutoring if the school fails to meet its goals for a third year? If parents know that their school is required to offer free tutoring: (1) Make sure their school lets parents know about SES in clear and understandable language, and (2) Spread the word and tell other parents about free tutoring. (Contains 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appleseed
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001