July 1, 2002. U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced that students in more than 8,600 schools will have the option to choose and attend a higher-performing school in their school district if the school they currently attend failed to meet state academic standards for two consecutive years.
new options are available to parents of students in Title I-funded schools,
and were established under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,
which was signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2002.
The data covers schools in which students have not made adequate yearly progress (AYP). AYP is a state's annual measure of school progress toward achieving state academic content standards.
Under the 1994 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the precursor to the No Child Left Behind Act, each state was responsible for developing state content standards, assessments and definitions of AYP. In each state, schools that failed to make state-defined AYP for two or more years were identified as in need of school improvement. States reported the numbers to the U.S. Department of Education this spring. Because of differences in the ways each state defines school progress, state comparisons are not valid.
Under NCLB, the data on school progress will be more meaningful. Unlike the 1994 law, there are consequences for schools that fail to improve and educational options for students who attend schools that are not improving under NCLB:
must have one accountability system for all students including academic
standards, assessments and proficiency levels.
help prepare states and districts to implement the new provisions, Paige
recently hosted state and local education officials for a conference
about the supplemental services requirements during which he shared
to states that included preliminary guidance which is available
and most high-poverty districts are receiving significant increases
in Title I funding to help support activities to improve schools, Paige
said. State Title I allocations can be viewed at
The list of states and number of schools follows. The information in this list was provided by each state.
Title I Schools Identified for Improvement: Total 8,652
Related Resources: No Child Left Behind Act
No Child Left Behind Facts Sheets
Letter from U. S. Secretary of Education to School Leaders About School Choice, Supplemental Education Services (June 14, 2002)
"The NCLBA will substantially affect the 2002-2003 school year, and given our short timeline for implementation, I wanted to provide you with preliminary guidance on public school choice, supplemental education services, and collective bargaining agreements--three key issues that will affect your planning processes for this fall." Read more
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