No Child Left Behind No Child Left Behind There are three key hallmarks of the new bill: 1. Testing 2. Accountability 3. Flexibility/Choice
There are three key hallmarks of the new bill:
Trojan Horse – NCLB designed to bring public education down and bring in vouchers
Force Five Hurricane– for teacher education schools
“In God We Trust: All Others Bring Data” – NCLB requires programs based on scientifically based research
For 2 years: Parents can transfer kids to another public school or charter.
For 3 Years: Parents can transfer students or select supplemental services.
For 4 years: Parents can transfer kids, or select supplemental service. School restructuring begins.
For 5 years: Transfers, supplemental services and restructuring continue. State takeovers possible.
Each state will set the specific requirements for “highly qualified” teachers in their state.New teachers must be tested.
STATES ARE REQUIRED TO 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.
To help districts and states ensure that every teacher is “highly qualified,” and meet the State plan, NCLB Title II Part A “Improving Teacher Quality Grants” was developed.
Over $2.85 billion has been made available to states and school districts nationwide for Title II Part A grants during the 2002-2003 school year.
Title II Part A combines funding from the Eisenhower state grants program and the Class Size Reduction program. Money goes to the states by formula.
95 percent of the Title II Part A grants the state receives will go to the districts. But, districts must FIRST apply to the state education agency for the funds.
Before the district can apply for these grants, it must conduct a NEEDS ASSESSMENT of the teaching force, and a LOCAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN outlining what the district will do to ensure all teachers are highly qualifed. *Teachers must be involved in the needs assessment and the Local Improvement Plan
Funds are not required to be used just on math and science education.
Districts have expanded flexibility in the use of these funds. Funds must be used to address needs assessment issues, and pay for activities outlined in the Local Improvement Plan. However . .
Congress fully intended that Title II funds CONTINUE to be used for science education!
When determining how Title II funds are to be used, based on the needs assessment, keep in mind that ALL teachers, including science teachers, need to be fully qualified by 2005-06. Also, state science assessments begin in 2007.
How can science teachers get involved?
3. Get involved with your district’s needs assessment and local improvement plan. (Who did old Eisenhower plans? Who is doing compliance with NCLB in your district? Who is in charge of instruction in your district/state?)
4. Create an individual professional development plan that can be used in the local plan.