Exploring New Directions: Title 1 in the Year 2000

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National School Boards Association, 2000 - Education - 69 pages
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This report takes stock of the present Title I program, identifies the most promising approaches to educating the nation's disadvantaged children, and offers guidance to policymakers seeking to improve Title I's effectiveness. The report draws upon hundreds of studies, evaluations, and other documents, and details the evolution of the Title I program over the past 35 years, placing its successes and failures in historical perspective. This report provides a renewed vision for the future of Title I, offering a set of concrete recommendations to guide lawmakers as they begin work upon the program's reauthorization. The report also raises a series of questions to encourage responsible dialog at the local level aimed at improving program effectiveness. An important function of local school boards is to focus attention on student achievement and to address the educational needs of disadvantaged children. Following the introduction, the report is divided into two parts. Part I provides a historical overview of Title I, assesses the program's overall impact on raising achievement of America's disadvantaged children and, then, seeks to determine those aspects of the program that would likely beenefit from modification. On the basis of this discussion, Part II presents NSBA's recommendations for amending the current program and raises several key questions that can serve as a basis for dialogue in communities across America. Contains approximately 180 references. (DFR)

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