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Research and Technical Assistance on No Child Left Behind Law

Appleseed Foundation

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2006–June 30, 2007
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Washington

About this grant

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is designed as a market accountability system for public schools that identifies parents and communities as keys for change and improvement. The question remains, however, whether this market accountability system is functioning effectively; that is, whether parents and other community members receive, understand and can act on the information gathered under NCLB. This grant will provide partial support for research, technical assistance and training on NCLB for local community organizations. The project will include a series of interviews and surveys in 20 school districts to find out what principals, teachers, parents and community groups know about NCLB and the parent engagement provisions. Based on the findings, training and assistance will be provided to parents and community groups in the same 20 school districts on what NCLB means for them and how they can use the provisions of the law to improve their schools. In addition, the project will include canvassing school districts throughout the country to identify model parent information and involvement programs. The Appleseed Foundation is a network of nonprofit organizations with expertise in public interest law. Working at the local level to identify and address community issues, Appleseed Centers form partnerships to develop practical solutions to issues in public education, health care, child welfare and immigration.