Using NCLB to Improve Student Achievement: An Action Guide for Community and Parent Leaders

by Andrew J. Smith; Arnold F. Fege

Nov 17, 2003
This guide addresses the various provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (called NCLB, or the act). Included are specific rights, roles, and responsibilities that offer parents and community leaders opportunities to send the no-nonsense message that unequal educational opportunities will no longer be tolerated in their public schools. The guide highlights ways NCLB can be used to strengthen the public's voice in education, and to increase community and parental involvement in school-level and district-level operations and decisions:
  • Identifies major areas of NCLB that require or provide for community and/or parental involvement in Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged) and Title II (Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers and Principals) of the act
  • Provides general information on the scope and requirements for each major area of community and parental engagement
  • Breaks down legislative language into understandable terms and recommends actions that can be taken by parents and/or the community as a result of their rights under the act
  • Provides a formatted and easily reproduced training tool for parent/teacher meetings and town meetings
  • Identifies areas in the act that are silent about community and/or parental engagement, but where PEN believes openings in the law allow parents and/or the community to exercise leadership and take initiative
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