No Child Left Behind - Choice With Transportation
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires that each school show that all students are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). AYP measures public schools’ and districts’ progress in enabling all students to meet the state’s academic achievement standards. AYP measurements target the performance and participation rates of different subgroups based on race or ethnicity, socio-economic status, disability, and English language proficiency. The goal of NCLB is to have 100% of students perform at a proficient level by the school year 2013-2014. In short, AYP looks at how a school progresses towards meeting that 100% proficiency goal. AYP is not the same as the school grade. An “A” or “B” school may not meet AYP requirements.
Title I schools that do not meet AYP for two years in a row are identified as “Schools in Need of Improvement (SINI).” Schools continue to be identified as SINI until they have achieved AYP two years in a row. Under NCLB, students who attend schools identified as SINI must be offered educational options. These options are called NCLB Choice Options. The NCLB Choice Options are Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and NCLB Public School Choice with Transportation (CWT). Okaloosa County School District offers these options in accordance with Florida’s federally approved plan for Differentiated Accountability (DA). According to DA, SES is offered in a school’s first year as a SINI and CWT is offered in the school’s second year as a SINI. In order to pay for these Choice Options, the School District of Okaloosa County is required to set aside 20% of its Title I funds. Parents may choose only one of the NCLB Choice Options for their child(ren) per school year.
Choice with Transportation (CWT)
When a Title I school does not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for three (3) or more consecutive years, it must offer students the choice to attend another school. The District identifies at least two transfer schools for each SINI school that offers NCLB Choice with Transportation (CWT). In accordance with the law, the District does not offer transfer to receiving schools that are considered to be SINI. In addition, the District strives to provide each student with the resources needed to accommodate the learning process at the receiving school. Careful consideration is given to the resources available at the receiving schools, including classroom facilities, teachers, facilitators, special education services, laboratories, media centers, technology, food service, textbooks, etc.
Schools hold meetings to explain NCLB Options and AYP. Parents are encouraged to attend the meetings and/or visit the NCLB Choice website to learn more about CWT. Transfer school assignments are sent out in the summer. Application and acceptance deadlines are well-publicized.
Students who transfer under NCLB are eligible for District-provided transportation to and from the receiving school. However, bus stops may be in a centralized location and may be different from the neighborhood school’s bus stops.