Note: Congress has reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the statute formerly known as No Child Left Behind. The new statute, Every Student Succeeds Act, was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015.
Question: I received a call from a school board member who was told that the legal definitions of "reading," "essential components of reading instruction" and "scientifically based reading research" in No Child Left Behind only apply to intervention programs, not to general education programs.
Is this true? If so, can you tell me where to find this in the law?
Sue Answers: The legal definitions of "reading," "essential components of reading instruction" and "scientifically based reading research" are in No Child Left Behind, a general education law. The definitions are in the section that describes adequate reading programs designed to teach children to read by grade 3.
a particular school or school district must meet all standards
in NCLB depends on which NCLB grants they receive. However, I cannot
imagine that informed taxpayers would ask their school board to provide
an education that does not meet national and state minimum
your school board does not want to use the federal definitions of
these terms, ask them, for the record, what definitions they
plan to use instead, and their reasoning for choosing these alternate
for the Reading First Program - The purpose of Reading First is
to ensure that all children are proficient readers by the end of third
grade. This 55-page publication is the final guidance for Reading
First programs from the U. S. Department of Education. (April 2002)
Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind
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