Years past in Tennessee, the education world has recognized July as the month the state department of education released standardized test scores. These scores are used to determine if a school makes or misses Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by federal No Child Left Behind guidelines. Schools that fail to make AYP for two or more consecutive years are required by law to offer students an NCLB School of Choice or, for students who also meet Free and Reduced Lunch requirements, Supplemental Educational Services (SES). For those new to education lingo, SES is free tutoring services offered by a state-approved provider.
This year, due to an increase in state standards, 2009-10 test scores will not be released until late fall, possibly as late as November. Still required to offer students school choice or SES, MNPS is being proactive and using previous years test scores and status to determine which schools this fall should offer these services. Letters have been mailed to all students’ homes detailing the status of the child’s school and the NCLB School of Choice options. Parents, please watch for these letters, fill them out if you wish to make an NCLB Choice change, and return them as quickly as possible. All Choice applications must be turned in by 5:30 p.m., August 25, 2010.
If you have questions regarding NCLB School of Choice or SES, MNPS will host a special parents’ forum Thursday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the MNPS Central Office Board Room.
August– September 2010
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