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Resources for Implementing NCLB

Learning Point Associates Responds to No Child Left Behind

Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, Learning Point Associates and the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory have worked diligently to help educators respond to and comply with the law. We have continuously focused on assisting policymakers, administrators, educators, and education stakeholders in understanding how NCLB translates into all areas of education.

The process of implementing NCLB has increased the demand on school districts to close the achievement gaps and to provide access to a high-quality education for every child. NCLB has encouraged educators to make data-driven decisions to improve teaching and student achievement. NCLB has challenged educational leaders to form partnerships with community-based organizations, invest in teacher development, use research-based practices, and provide school report cards to parents and the public.

Learning Point Associates provides multiple resources to help school and district leaders address the NCLB legislation and understand how it can effectively lead to school improvement. The following products, Web-based publications, Web sites and tools, professional development, technical assistance resources, and additional resources will enable all education stakeholders to make informed choices regarding NCLB.

NCREL Products
Many of of these products are available through the Learning Point Associates Product Catalog.
Title Description
Quick Key No. 1,"Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reading" This Quick Key helps educators understand what the NCLB legislation means for their reading programs.
Quick Key No. 2,"Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Opportunities for Schools in Need of Improvement" This Quick Key is designed to help administrators, educators, parents, and community members understand some of the opportunities and resources available to schools that do not reach adequate yearly progress. (It is currently available only online.)
Quick Key No. 3, "Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Technology Integration" This Quick Key is designed to assist policymakers, administrators, and educators in understanding the fundamentals of how the NCLB Act translates into their own technology integration initiatives. The significant technology elements are highlighted and aligned to the goals of the NCLB Act, Title II, Part D, Enhancing Education Through Technology. (It is currently available only online.)
Quick Key No. 4, "Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Mathematics and Science" This Quick Key is designed to help educators in schools and districts understand the fundamentals of what NCLB Act means for their mathematics and science curricula. It also explains the legislation's emphasis on mathematics and science partnership programs.
Quick Key No. 5, "Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: English Proficiency" This Quick Key describes how the NCLB legislation defines a highly qualified teacher of limited-English-proficient (LEP) students. It also indicates what is required of LEP students and who is accountable, how the progress of all students is ensured, and when and how English language proficiency is assessed.
Quick Key No. 6, "Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Teacher Quality" This Quick Key helps educators understand the qualifications and characteristics that define highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals. The alternative routes to certification also are described.
Quick Key No. 7, "Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Scientifically Based Research" This Quick Key help educators increase their knowledge of the six specific components of scientifically based research (SBR). It provides detailed explanations and examples, including a glossary of common research terms.
Viewpoints Vol. 11, "Improving Student Achievement and Teacher Effectiveness Through Scientifically Based Practices" This volume of Viewpoints outlines the elements of scientifically based research as they relate to teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. The two audio CDs present the perspectives of education leaders who work closely with scientifically based research, and the informative booklet provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities for implementing scientifically based initiatives.
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Web-Based Publications
Title Description
Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: Implications for Rural Schools and Districts The paper presents a discussion of the unique challenges that NCLB presents for rural schools. It suggests strategies that hold promise for helping rural schools meet federal requirements.
enGauge® Indicators and Their Relation to No Child Left Behind: Enhancing Technology Through Education This Web-based document explores the relationship between the six essential conditions that are critical for the effective use of technology in schools and the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, specifically the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program, or EdTech.
Pathways Critical Issue: "NCLB Option—Choosing to Change Schools" This Critical Issue provides guidance to parents who have decided to choose a new school for their child by examining several key factors—beyond published standardized test results—that contribute to high-quality education. famncomm/pa600.htm
A Framework for Analyzing Districts' Educational Technology Policies in Light of the Federal No Child Left Behind Legislation This framework allows school districts to conduct a self-assessment of how well their learning technology policies around fit into the overall context of strategic planning to improve student academic achievement. It delineates ways that policies can enhance educational technology usage at the district level to improve student learning andstandards-based educational reform. The framework also can be used to look across districts to compare policy patterns.
Starting Points for Meeting the Requirements for Screening, Diagnostic, and Classroom-Based Instructional Reading Assessments in the Reading First Program of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 This online publication provides the NCLB definitions of three types of reading assessments: screening, diagnostic, and classroom-based instructional. It also indicates links to additional Web sites on reading assessment instruments, five questions to consider in instructional reading assessment, and links to Web sites on reading assessment knowledge.
Pathways Critical Issue: "Guiding Principals—Addressing Assessment Challenges" School principals face challenges on many fronts in today's high-stakes accountability environment. This Critical Issue addresses these leadership challenges and offers seven guiding principles that administrators can use to effectively empower their learning communities to meet those challenges. leadrshp/le600.htm
Pathways Critical Issue: "Using Technology to Support Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) Students' Learning Experiences" This Critical Issue explores the ways that technology can be used to enrich classroom practices and increase opportunities for LEP students. technlgy/te900.htm
Web Sites and Tools
Title Description
Interactive Timeline for NCLB Implementation This easy-to-use timeline enables schools and districts to keep track of who needs to do what by when to comply with the NCLB legislation.  
An Overview of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) This Web site provides information on the NCLB Act for states and educators seeking to understand the implications of the legislation. The information includes highlights from Title I and Title II; an implementation timeline for states, local agencies, and schools; a chart depicting state readiness for implementing NCLB; and additional resources.


Professional Development and Technical Assistance Resources
For information on the following professional development and technical assistance resources, please contact Learning Point Associates at (800) 252-0283.
Resource Description
Data Retreats A Data Retreat is a two-day training opportunity in which district and school teams work together to analyze their data, develop hypotheses, and ultimately leave with a meaningful school improvement plan.
enGauge® Professional Development Program The enGauge® Professional Development Program for school and district leadership teams consists of two 2-day sessions devoted to the effective implementation of technology.
Learning With Technology Learning With Technology is a two-day workshop that enables Grades K–12 teachers to learn how to integrate technology into classroom instruction in positive ways.
John Edward Porter Professional Development Center The Porter Center is in alignment with the new NCLB definition of professional development and can help educators meet the federal accountability provisions of the NCLB Act.
Additional Resources and Information on NCLB
Title Description
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Official homepage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Education Commission of the States (ECS) This Web site provides state specific information, state comparisons, and a variety of resources and publications on NCLB-related topics.
Council of Chief School State Officers (CCSSO) This Web site provides general information on NCLB, such as legislation updates, timelines, funding information, and state activities. Specific implementation information—such as accountability, AYP, teacher quality provisions, technology—also is available.
National Education Association (NEA) This Web site provides resources, information, and latest developments on NCLB legislation.
American Association of School Administrators (AASA) This Web site provides a list of resources and best practices by AASA's Issues Department to help implement NCLB.
Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) This Web site provides articles, essays, and reports on all aspects of federal education policy.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) This Web site provides information and policy positions on NCLB requirements.
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation This Web site provides a wealth of resources, publications, and links on NCLB.
National Governors Association (NGA) This Web site provides reports, issue briefs, meeting summaries, and other online documents pertaining to NCLB.,1188,D_3308,00.html
Education Week on the Web This site provides up-to-date information pertaining to the legislation and its implementation.
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) This Web site provides statewide guidelines and news articles for all 50 states as well as additional resources and links pertaining to NCLB.


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