No school left behind: Meeting the challenge of AYP.
ESEA/NCLB State Flexibility Waiver Process
With the ESEA/NCLB State Flexibility Waiver process, the Administration wants to provide states and districts with relief from NCLB restrictions and support state and local reform efforts already underway. This voluntary opportunity will provide educators and State and local leaders with flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction. The emphasis will be more on local and state reform and intervention efforts, rather than on a one-size-fits-all approach.
Thirty-two states and Washington DC’s ESEA/NCLB flexibility waiver requests have currently been approved as of July 19, 2012.
Many states will have their SES funds freed up, as well as their 10% Title I Professional Development set-aside funds, which they will be able to use more flexibly.
See the list of states that have received ESEA/NCLB Flexibility, and links to their flexibility requests and approvals.
Teachers and administrators across the U.S. have risen to the challenge of No Child Left Behind with intelligence, resourcefulness, and passion. The Scientific Learning family of products supports those efforts, and in many cases, can be the tipping factor in AYP success.
Because Scientific Learning products provide assessment, intervention, and proven results, they align with the mandates of NCLB.
Scientific Learning products provide an effective intervention that can help schools with under-performing students close the achievement gap.
They’ve been scientifically proven to produce measurable gains as assessed by independent pre- and post-tests.
The Fast ForWord® Program
The Fast ForWord program is based on over 30 years of scientific research by Scientific Learning's founders, including the groundbreaking research in brain plasticity of National Academy of Sciences member Dr. Michael Merzenich. Fast ForWord software develops and strengthens memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing—the cognitive skills essential for learning and reading success.
Scientific Learning Reading Assistant™
Reading Assistant provides one-on-one guided oral reading instruction that strengthens students’ reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Acting as a patient, non-judgmental listener, Reading Assistant gives students the support they need to become proficient, life-long readers.
Monitoring student progress is made easy through our Trend Line report which provides data on student performance against national fluency norms and supplies you with accountability data required under NCLB.
Scientific Learning® Progress Tracker
Progress Tracker, an online data analysis and reporting tool, provides the accountability data that NCLB requires. It offers immediate information on individual, classroom, school, or district performance, with the ability to track progress over time in specific reading and cognitive skills areas.