No Child Left Behind –


(1 credit)

This course is designed for educators who wish to learn how the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) will impact their districts and schools, as well as their own experiences as a teacher or administrator.  Students will learn the basic provisions of the act, including its requirements for the state, district, and individual school accountability.  Additionally, the course will examine the assessment requirements of NCLB, the requirements for highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals, the act's implications for special populations such as special education and Limited English Proficient (LEP) children, and the requirements governing 'persistently dangerous schools.'  Completion of the course will enable students to consider thoughtfully how best to respond to the often daunting requirements of the law.
This graduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

â¿¿Persistently Dangerous Schoolsâ¿¿

  • Examine implications for providing choice to victims of violent crimes, whether school is labeled as 'persistently dangerous' or not
  • Examine requirements for school choice under this provision
  • Apply criteria for what constitutes a 'persistently dangerous school'

Teacher Quality and Paraprofessional Requirements Under NCLB

  • Examine requirements for paraprofessionals and timelines for compliance
  • Examine requirements for teacher quality and timelines for compliance

School Improvement Planning Requirements Under NCLB

  • Explain procedure for peer review of school improvement plans by the district
  • Examine timeline for submission of revised school improvement plans
  • Outline required components of school improvement plans under NCLB

Consequences for Not Making Adequate Yearly Progress

  • Examine consequences for local education agencies and state education agencies
  • Examine school choice, supplemental services, corrective action, and restructuring

Assessment Requirements of NCLB

  • Examine special education and norm-referenced test requirements of NCLB
  • List score reporting requirements of NCLB
  • Identify issues of alignments and concepts of criterion-referenced tests and 'augmented' norm-referenced tests
  • Define basic assessment requirements of NCLB
  • Examine the various 'titles' of NCLB

Accountability Requirements of NCLB

  • Show how disaggregating of data will impact AYP decisions
  • Examine provisions that all schools must make adequate yearly progress (AYP)
  • Examine requirements for the single system of accountability
  • Examine requirements for all students to reach proficiency by 2013-14 school year, including requirements for establishing annual measurable objectives and a timeline for progress

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