To help states and school systems further implement the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the U.S. Department of Education has added a new page to its web site that provides links to more than 50 policy letters intended to better explain the law. The policy documents aim to clarify a variety of topics and are designed to help parents, educators, and administrators better understand the legislation. “We want to ensure that the public has access to the information that is used to implement the historic education reforms in the No Child Left Behind law,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. “The public can now have access to the guidance the Department of Education is providing [to] states and can learn from similar issues in other states.” Assistant Secretary Ray Simon and other senior officials in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education wrote the policy letters. Among the material now accessible are links to decisions on state accountability plans; questions and answers about determining Adequate Yearly Progress; local and state flexibility issues; and information on highly qualified teachers.

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