No Child Left Behind. NSTA Summer Congress July, 2002. No Child Left Behind. NCLB is the reauthorized federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the federal law for K-12 education. Programs will begin Fall 2002
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NSTA Summer Congress
States (and districts) must develop a measurable plan to increase the number of all core subject teachers who are highly qualified. This plan must include an increase in the number of teachers who are participating in high quality professional development.
Districts must target funds to the schools with the highest # out of field teachers, high class size numbers, and schools targeted for improvement under Title I
Districts apply to the state education agency for Title II Part A funds. First, the district must conduct a NEEDS ASSESSMENT of the teaching force. (Applications for FY2002 are already in, these requirements are for FY2003 applications.)
*Teachers must be involved in the
Using the results of the needs assessment, districts must develop a LOCAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN which will determine the activities the district will undertake to ensure ALL teachers are highly qualified. This plan must be included in the application to the state for Title II funds. (Applications for FY2003 funds)
*Teachers must be involved in the Local Improvement Plan!
Preparation: increase content knowledge
Ensuring quality (teacher testing)
Retention efforts (merit pay, differential pay, performance bonuses)
Accountability effortsNCLB: Title II Part A Funds Can Be Used For:
States and districts must ensure that ALL core subject teachers, including science teachers, MUST be highly qualified by 2005-06. They must have a plan on how they will increase the # of highly qualified teachers, and increase the amount of professional development provided to teachers, including science teachers.
2. Over $2.8 billion will be made available to school districts nationwide under Title II Part A, Improving Teaching Quality State Grants, during the 2002-2003 school year.
3. While there is no set-aside for math and science in Title II, all of the funding that a district receives for Title II can be used for professional development, including math and science professional development if a district so chooses.
4. In order for a district to continue to receive Title II funding after the 2002-03 school year, it must conduct a assessment of its professional development and hiring needs. This needs assessment must be carried out with the involvement of teachers.
5. In order for a district to receive Title II funding, it must submit to the state an application which includes a plan to improve teacher quality, based on the results of the needs assessment. Teachers must be involved in the preparation of this plan.
6. States will be required to test students in math and reading every year in grades 3 through 8. States must set—then meet—rigorous annual yearly progress marks toward having all students proficient in these areas by the end of the 2013-14 school year. States must administer an annual assessment of student achievement in science at least once in grades 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12, beginning in 2007.
7. Districts have flexible use of Title II funds. They can opt to move 50 percent of funds from one or all of four major federal programs (Teacher Quality State Grants, Education Technology, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Innovative Education Programs) into Title I programs, or into any one of these programs.