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					                NCLB Updates

                  January, 2003

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•   District Improvement Plans 2003-04
•   English Language Learners (ELL)
•   Transferred Funds and REAP
•   Private Schools
•   Title I Parent Requirements
•   Title I Paraprofessionals
•   NCLB Reporting Requirements
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         District Improvement Plans
• Review of 2002-03 plans almost completed
• NCLB grants being awarded when
• No payments until program responses
• Exploring options for submitting final plans
  for 2003-04

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        Improvement Plans 2003-04
• Consolidated plans but no repeated
  information (ex: Section 427 of GEPA)
• Purpose remains: focus activities,
  coordinate and integrate activities
• More focused around State Plan goals and
• Online submission

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         English Language Learners
• Title I and Title III Requirements
• Annual Assessment of Language
      – Every English Language Learner (ELL) in the
      – LAS, IPT, LPTS or local assessment
      – Baseline data this year

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                Annual Assessments
• State standards and assessments for
  developing language proficiency
      – Linked to L.E.A.R.N.S. but not the STARS
      – Measure language proficiency in speaking,
        listening, reading and writing,
      – Title III programs also must report
      – State sets goals for increasing proficiency
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                Title III Documentation
• Needed for annual and biannual reports
      –   Programs and services provided
      –   Types of language instruction programs
      –   Grade levels and numbers of ELL served
      –   Parent involvement and participation
      –   Professional development
      –   ELL teachers’ certification and qualifications
      –   How Title III funds have been spent

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                ELL Student Data
• ELL performance on STARS
• ELL performance for two years after exiting
• STARS – 3 or more consecutive years in
  U. S. must assess in English unless results
  not valid or reliable
• Accommodations allowed (document)

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                ELL in Private Schools
• Title III covered in Section 9501
• Professional development for teachers of
  ELL students
• Waiting on guidance related to equitable
  services for ELL eligible students in private

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                      Title III
                Parental Notification
• Timelines – 30 days after
  beginning of school year
• Reasons for LEP identification
• Child’s English language
  development level
• Method of instruction
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                      Title III
                Parental Notification

• How the program meets the
  needs of the child in
  – Learning English
  – Meeting academic standards

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                      Title III
                Parental Notification
• Exit criteria, expected rate of
  transition, expected rate of
• For a child with a disability,
  how the program meets the IEP
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                      Title III
                Parental Notification
• Right to withdraw child from
• Decline to enroll child in a
  program or choose another
  program/method of instruction

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                      Title III
                Parental Notification
• Notify parents if schools fail to
  make progress.
• In a language parents can
  understand. (TransACT
  Translation Library has sample
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       Title III Parent Notifications
•   Why child is being served
•   Level of language proficiency
•   Method of instruction
•   Program’s exit requirements
•   How program will help child learn English and
    meet academic standards

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                Parent Notifications.
• How program will meet special education
  needs, if appropriate
• Written guidance regarding rights of parents
  to determine if child will participate
• Program’s progress toward meeting goals
• Opportunities for parent meetings
• Involvement in schoolwide, if appropriate
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• REAP grants from U. S. D. E.
      – Should have received packet with contact numbers, if
      – MUST include REAP grants in district budgets - code
• There were 55 districts with questionable census
  locale codes – able to notify Census Bureau that
  50 were “rural”
• No REAP funds in House or White House budgets
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                Transferred Funds
• To transfer means to use the funds for the
  purposes of another program (doesn’t merge the
• Budget forms were sent to all districts that
  submitted a transfer application
• District budgets: original grant and a transfer grant
  (ex: 4985 for original II-D grant, 4986 for funds
  transferred from II-D to be used for Title V
  purposes) Documentation for payment needed.
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  Payments for Transferred Funds
• Request for Reimbursement – revised form
• Documentation
  – Must identify the original grant (budget)
  – Must match the approved budgets
  – Sufficient detail to identify expenditures
  – Prefer computer printout or Record and Report
  – No payments until all budgets approved
• Advance requests same as before
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                   Private Schools
• Section 9501 of NCLB includes:
      –   Title I, Part A – Educationally Disadvantaged
      –   Title I, Part B – Reading First
      –   Title I, Part B, Subpart 3 – Even Start
      –   Title II, Part A – Teacher and Principal
          Training and Recruiting Fund (only
          professional development and activities)

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                Private Schools, Cont.
      – Title II, Part B – Math and Science Partnerships
      – Title II, Part D – Enhancing Education Through
      – Title III - Language Acquisition and Immigrant
      – Title IV – Safe and Drug-Free Schools and
      – Title V – Innovative Programs (by-pass in NE)

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        Private School Participation
• Revised to include a section for noting
  date(s) of consultation
• Public school:
      – Maintains control over all federal funds (no
        direct funds to private schools) and materials
            • even stipends go to teachers, not the private school
      – Employs any staff providing direct services in
        private schools
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                Form, Cont.
• All approved private schools within the
  district’s boundaries (no home schools)
• Title I, Part A must also consider students
  living in participating attendance areas
• If private schools have a head administrator,
  that person may be the official for more
  than one private school

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        Private School Participation
• Services to eligible private school staff and
      – Equitable in terms of service
      – Equal in terms of expenditures
• Jointly determined through required
  consultation between public and private

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• Must occur before joining a consortia or
  transferring funds
• Consultation must be on-going
      – Design
      – Development
      – Implementation

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                Required Consultation
• How needs of children will be identified
• What services will be offered
• How, where, and by whom the services will
  be provided
• How services will be assessed and how the
  results of the assessment will be used to
  improve those services

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      Required Consultation, Cont.
• The size and scope of equitable services
• The amount of funds available for those
• How and when the public school will make
  the decisions about the delivery of services

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       NEW: Low-Income Students
• USDE and USDA have new information on using
  information about the eligibility status of low-
  income children for federal programs (i.e., Title I)
  and State assessment purposes (disaggregation of
• Information shared on a “need to know” basis

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      Title I – NEW Private School
• New options in NCLB – select ONE:
      – Free and reduced lunch eligibility (same)
      – Survey of private school parents (sample)
      – Apply public school’s percentage of poverty to
        the number of private school children who
        reside in that attendance area
      – Use an equated measure of low income
        correlated to low income data, or
      – Comparable income data (scholarships)
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          Title I and Private Schools
• Determination of the option is one of the
  required consultation topics.
• Public school has the final authority in
  determining the option used.
• NCLB allows a district to collect low-
  income private school data once every two
  years (another consultation topic)

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                Parents Right to Know
• Title I, Part A Requirement
• Districts must notify parents that they have
  the right to request information on teacher
• Also, notify parents if child has been taught
  for 4 or more weeks by a teacher who is not
  “highly qualified” – NOT yet as Nebraska
  has not defined highly qualified

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         Title I Parent Requirements
• Parent Policies, including annual meeting,
  parent compacts, etc., remain basically the
  same as under IASA.
• Title I parent policies do not have to be
  approved by the school board. Nebraska law
  requires boards to have a parent policy.
• Parent policies are being reviewed as part of
  Integrated Site Reviews.

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 Education of Homeless Children
• Homeless liaisons in all districts –
  Superintendent unless notified otherwise
• Duties of the homeless liaison on the
      – NEW – all homeless children are eligible for
        free lunch. No application needed (only
        signature of homeless liaison or shelter
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                McKinney-Vento Grants
• Required reporting numbers of homeless
      – Identified and served
      – Included in STARS assessments
      – Mastery level on STARS (Proficient and
      – Identified for Special Education or as English
        Language Learners
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                Title I Paraprofessionals
• NCLB requirements apply to instructional
  paraprofessionals in Title I schools
      – Targeted Assistance Schools – only
        paraprofessionals funded by Title I
      – Schoolwide projects – all paraprofessionals
      – Does not include non-instructional: media,
        lunchroom, translators, computer technicians,
        parent coordinators, personal care assistants

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    Paraprofessional Requirements
• Two years of postsecondary education, or
• Pass a competency test in assisting with
  reading, writing, or math or pre-reading,
  pre-writing and pre-math
• Applies to new hires NOW; currently
  employed have until 2006

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            Postsecondary Education
• 48 semester hours of college or any
  associate degree from an institution of
  higher education
• Defined in new non-regulatory guidance:
      – Accredited, awards either bachelor’s or
        associate degrees, admits only those with a
        diploma or GED, legally authorized within the
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     Paraprofessional Assessments
• Exploring options:
      –   Parapro by ETS
      –   Paraeducator by Master Teacher
      –   Workkeys
      –   Project Para from UN-L
• Assessment is expected to be equivalent to
  the second year of college.

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                Volunteers Needed
• Each assessment must have a standards
  setting panel to establish the cut-off score
  for the State.
• Parapro Panel -- April 10th in Denver, CO
      – All expenses paid
      – Need paras and teachers who supervise paras
        from both Title I and Special Education
      – Submit names of volunteers to Title I office
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• Will be available on-line by late January
• $40.00 (can be funded by Title I and II)
• Scores will be banked until standard setting
  panel has completed their task.
• Paraprofessionals volunteering for the panel
  will need to wait six months and retake the

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                Documentation Needed
• For the present, Title I will collect the
  information needed to ensure that
  paraprofessionals are highly qualified.
• Working within the Department to ensure
  that format can be expanded for Special
  Education and Rule 11 as needed.

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                Title I Updates
• Peer review of schoolwide plans for NEW
  schools will be in April, 2003
• Existing schoolwide projects will not go
  through a peer review this year.
      – Revising the rubric to new NCLB requirement
        for scientific research based requirements.
• Integrated Site Reviews – 3rd year of the
  schedule for visits

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    NCLB End-of-Year Reporting
• Hopefully, consolidated reporting
• Preliminary information
      – Title I, Part A – same participation, Reading
        and Math STARS, paraprofessional data
      – Title II, Part A and Part D – professional
        development participants (public and private)
      – Title IV – New: building reporting of gun-
        related suspensions and expulsions
      – Title V – description of use of funds
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   Persistently Dangerous Schools
• NCLB requirement to identify schools that
  are persistently dangerous and allow
  students to transfer to another school
• Online conference from Jan. 15 – 31st
• Go to: to
  review proposed criteria and submit

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                 NCLB Information
• for latest guidance and
      – Links to Federal Programs
            • NCLB
            • Regulations
            • Non-regulatory guidance

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