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ERIC Number: EJ759458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-16
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
NCLB Choice Option Going Untapped, but Tutoring Picking Up
Olson, Lynn
Education Week, v24 n27 p1, 20 Mar 2005
Districts are paying scant attention to the provision of federal education law that allows students in low-performing schools to transfer elsewhere, though more are providing children with the supplemental services to which they are entitled. New data submitted to the federal government show that eligible students who transferred to a higher-performing public school under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) averaged 1 percent nationwide in 2003-2004. On the tutoring front, 11 states reported that 20 percent or more of eligible children received supplemental educational services that school year. The 3-year-old NCLB law contains two provisions designed to provide immediate help for children in Title I schools identified for improvement. Students in a school that fails to meet its performance targets for two years in a row can choose to attend another public school in the district. If their school fails to meet its targets for a third year, children from low-income families in such schools can receive free tutoring from a public or private provider selected from a state-approved list. Critics have long complained that the school choice provision is not viable--a complaint that seems to be borne out by the data.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001