Friday, October 24, 2014

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the main federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. NCLB is based on four principles: accountability for results, more choices for parents, greater freedom for states and communities for more local control and flexibility, and an emphasis on using proven education methods based on scientific research. Visit the NYSED NCLB webpage for more information.

The Wellsville Central School District is providing notice of the availability of its Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Program offered to eligible students who attend Wellsville Elementary School, designated as a School in Corrective Action (Year 1, Focused) and Wellsville Middle School, designated as a School in Improvement (Year 1, Basic).The SES Program is made available under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB); funding for the program is based upon Federal allocations and is free to eligible students.  Through after school tutoring provided by State approved agencies (SES Providers), the program offers extra help in English Language Arts.  Under the NCLB Act, school districts with buildings designated as a School in Need of Improvement or Corrective Action are also required to offer other public school choices to students in those designated buildings, provided there are other public schools in the district. Since there are no other public schools in the Wellsville district, this is not a possibility.

Supplemental Education Services (SES)

What are Supplemental Education Services?

Supplemental Educational Services are additional academic instructional sessions designed to increase the academic achievement of students in schools that have been identified as Schools in Need of Improvement or Corrective Action. These services, at no cost to students who are eligible, may include tutoring and after-school services. They may be offered through public- or private-sector providers that are approved by the state. Private-sector providers may be either nonprofit or for-profit entities. States maintain a list of approved providers across the state organized by the school district or districts they serve, from which parents may select. 

When are children eligible to receive Supplemental Educational Services?

During the 2011-2012 school year, students who applied and met eligibility criteria as indicated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) guidelines are eligible to receive Supplemental Educational Services. Currently 375 (277 ES and 98 MS) students have been identified as eligible. There are two enrollment windows: all eligible students were notified of the first-enrollment in a letter dated December 12, 2011 and at second-enrollment in a letter dated March 16, 2012.At the end of the SES program, 45 students applied for SES and 39 were enrolled in a program. For the 2011-12 school year, $39,924 was used to fund SES in the district.

During the 2010-2011 school year, students who applied and met eligibility criteria as indicated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) guidelines are eligible to receive Supplemental Educational Services. Currently 255 students have been identified as eligible. As of April 4th, 29 students have applied to participate in SES. A total of $31,472 was used to fund SES for the 29 participants during the 2010-11 school year. 

Are parents notified about Supplemental Educational Services?

Yes. Local Education Agencies are required to provide notice to parents of eligible children about the availability of services and information on the approved providers. A letter, accompanied by additional information about each available provider and a registration form, has been mailed to each eligible student's parents; there have been two enrollment windows. Parents are informed of the enrollment period to select a provider. According to the regulations governing SES, parents are required to contact providers directly and notify the District, in writing, of their choice; this is done through an application that must be completed and returned to the district by the enrollment deadline (an application can be downloaded from the list of documents below). The District then contacts the provider to set up a contract for the services. 

Can parents choose providers for tutoring and other supplemental educational services?

Yes, parents of eligible children can choose from the list of state-approved providers. Upon request, the Local Education Agency will help parents determine which provider would best fit their child's needs. When parents have made their selection, the local education agency must then contract with that provider to deliver the services.  

Public School Choice

The Wellsville Central School District has one building designated as a Title I School in Need of Improvement, Wellsville Elementary. We have a single attendance center for grades K to 5 (no other elementary school with the same grade span in the district); therefore we cannot offer the School Choice option.  More information on Public School Choice can be found at the NYSED School Choice webpage

School Choice in 2011-12: Not Available  

School Choice in 2010-11: Not Available

School Choice in 2009-10: Not Available

 

Notice to Parents and Guardians:

A second Information Night is being held at the Elementary School main hallway on Thursday, March 22nd. Parents will have time, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, to ask the Wellsville SES Coordinator questions and receive additional information.

 An Information Night will be held at the Middle School Cafeteria on Tuesday, January 5th, 2012. Parents will have time, from 6:00 to 7:00pm, to ask Providers questions and receive additional information.


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