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Feds Offer New Manual

Here's the Feds explanation of changes from previous manual:


This guidance updates and expands upon the Supplemental Educational Services Guidance that the Department released on August 22, 2003. It includes a number of new questions that address issues that were undeveloped or unaddressed in the 2003 guidance, and it responds to inquiries the Department received from State and local officials on issues subsequent to issuance of the 2003 guidance. Responses to other questions are revised to make them clearer or more responsive to issues based on experience gained from the implementation of the Title I supplemental educational services provisions.

The following are new questions that were not in the 2003 guidance: A-6, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, C-12, C-15, D-6, D-7 E-3, G-3, G-4, G-7, G-15, I-1, I-2, J-4, K-15, K-20, K-21. Additionally, a sample parent notification letter is included in Appendix B.

In addition, the responses to the following questions include significant new information or changes from the 2003 guidance: A-3, A-4, B-1, C-6, C-9, C-10, C-11, C-16, C-20, C-23, D-1, D-2, D-5, E-2, F-3, F-8, G-12, H-1, I-5, K-4, K-5, K-6, K-14, K-24, K-26, K-27.

The following questions from the 2003 guidance are not included in this new version (numbering reflects the format of the original guidance): C-21, E-4.

Is that clear? They hope it inspires you to continue on to the full document. Or maybe not.

How can parents find tips for no-cost tutoring for their kids? Just
thumb through the manual the government put out Monday to elaborate on a
key goal of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The new guidance, issued by the Department of Education to states and
school districts, seeks to clarify their roles in providing tutoring for
pupils in poorly performing schools.

The document also has ideas on how to connect parents to providers of
supplemental educational services, who offer free tutoring and other
academic activities to students.

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's signature educaton
policy, pupils from poor families who attend schools that have not made
"adequate yearly progress" are eligible for such tutoring assistance.

The new guide runs more than 60 pages and clarifies steps that states
and school districts must take when a district is identified as being
"in need of improvement."

Also included as a model letter that districts may use or emulate when
informing parents of the opportunity to sign up their children for
no-cost tutoring.

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said the guidance, last updated
in August 2003, provides important information for states, school
districts and providers about their roles and responsibilities regarding
supplemental educational services.

"We hope it enables more families to access high-quality supplemental
educational services programs, and helps schools across the country
close the achievement gap," she said in a written statement.


On the Net:

Supplemental Educational Services Non-Regulatory Guidance:



— Associated Press
U. S. Department of Education


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