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Choice with Transportation - General

1. What is NCLB Public School Choice?
2. Who is eligible for school choice?

Choice with Transportation - Parents

1. How do parents know if their child is eligible for school choice?
2. What does it mean when a school has been identified as in need of improvement?
3. What is AYP?
4. If students do not use school transportation, do they still qualify for choice with transportation?
5. When a district offers parents multiple choices of schools, who makes the final decision on which school a child attends? How is this decision made?
6. How does a district “give priority to the lowest achieving children from low-income families?”
7. How long must students who change schools be allowed to attend the school of their choice and be provided transportation?

Choice with Transportation - School Districts

1. What must be included in the parent notification letter?
2. What if no schools are available?
3. How many choices of schools is a district required to offer to students?
4. Do public school options include only schools in the same district?
5. Can a district still follow current district transportation policy when implementing choice?
6. Must a district that believes it does not have the physical capacity within its schools to accept transferring students implement the Title I public school choice provisions?
7. If a district does not have the physical capacity to offer transfers to all eligible students, how can it create additional capacity?
8. What is the 20 percent funding rule?
9. What is a holding pattern?
10. What is Provisional AYP?
11. When and how is the choice with transportation option reported to the Department? What is the code that indicates the Choice with Transportation option?
12. Does the Choice with Transportation option code change from year to year?
13. How should a student be reported if he or she is coded with Educational Choice option “C,” transferred from a school that failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), and the following year, the school is no longer classified as a school that failed to make AYP?
14. What Educational Choice code would be used if a student transfers from a school that did not meet AYP to a receiving school that met AYP; however, during the next school year the same school does not meet AYP, and parents choose to have the child remain in this school?
15. What happens if a student exercises their option to transfer to another school and in subsequent years the receiver school becomes identified as in need of improvement?
16. May a district follow current district policies related to revoking choice for excessive tardiness, absences, or discipline referrals?

Supplemental Educational Services - General

1. What are supplemental educational services?
2. Why are supplemental educational services important?
3. Which schools must offer supplemental educational services or free tutoring?
4. What is adequate yearly progress (AYP)?
5. Who is eligible to receive supplemental services?
6. Who pays for supplemental educational services?
7. How long must supplemental educational services be offered to students?

Supplemental Educational Services - Parents

1. What are supplemental educational services?
2. Why are supplemental educational services important?
3. Who is eligible to receive supplemental educational services?
4. How do parents know if their child is eligible for school choice?
5. What is a state-approved provider?
6. What are some examples of SES providers?
7. What is the role of parents in supplemental educational services?
8. What is the role of parents in supporting student attendance at SES sessions?
9. How should districts inform families of their provider choices if they choose to take advantage of free tutoring through SES?
10. Who selects the approved provider for supplemental educational services?
11. Is a school district required to provide parents the list of statewide providers?
12. What factors should parents consider when choosing a provider?
13. What are provider fairs?
14. How can parents enroll their children in supplemental educational services?
15. Can a district set a deadline by which parents must apply for their child to participate in supplemental educational services?
16. What happens after a parent selects a supplemental service provider for his or her child?
17. Can parents choose to transfer their child to another public school AND obtain supplemental educational services for them?
18. Can a parent switch to another provider during the school year if they are not happy with the services their child is receiving?
19. Can a provider use its own assessment to identity student needs for writing goals for the PDPA?
20. Can a provider use its own assessment to identity student needs for writing goals for the PDPA?
21. Is the school district responsible for providing transportation to the service provider?
22. When does the provider offer services?
23. How long should supplemental educational services be provided to eligible students?
24. Is there a limit on the number of members in a family who can receive the supplemental services?
25. Are students with disabilities or limited English proficient students eligible to receive supplemental educational services?
26. How are students grouped during tutoring?
27. What are the responsibilities of the school district in providing options to parents of students with disabilities and students covered under Section 504?
28. What are the responsibilities of the school district in providing options to parents of students with limited English proficiency?

Supplemental Educational Services - Provider

1. What are supplemental educational services?
2. Why are supplemental educational services important?
3. Who is eligible to receive supplemental services?
4. What is a state-approved provider?
5. What does it mean to have a demonstrated record of effectiveness in increasing student academic achievement?
6. How can an applicant demonstrate the capacity for providing supplemental educational services that are consistent with the instructional program of the school district and the state’s academic standards?
7. How can an applicant demonstrate financial soundness?
8. What entities can serve as supplemental educational service providers?
9. Can a school or a school district apply to become a state-approved provider?
10. What entities are not eligible to apply to become a state-approved provider?
11. How are providers selected for approval by the department?
12. What is required of supplemental educational service providers?
13. Is the school district required to notify parents about the availability of supplemental educational services?
14. Is a district required to provide parents the list of providers?
15. Can a district set a deadline by which parents must apply for their child to participate in supplemental educational services?
16. Who selects the approved SES provider for eligible students?
17. What happens after a parent selects a supplemental service provider for his or her child?
18. Who is responsible for reporting students’ progress to the students’ parents and teachers?
19. Is a school district responsible for providing transportation to the service provider?
20. What if a student does not regularly attend tutoring sessions?
21. How long should supplemental educational services be provided to eligible students?
22. Can a parent switch to another provider during the school year if they are not happy with the services their child is receiving?
23. Who coordinates supplemental educational services at the local level?
24. Are providers required to serve students with disabilities?
25. Are providers required to serve students with limited English proficiency?
26. How much must a school district spend on supplemental educational services?
27. How is the 20% set aside to be allocated for public school choice options?
28. How much money can be spent per pupil?
29. What should a prospective applicant consider in calculating a rate for services?
30. Will providers that serve multiple districts be able to vary their fees for services, as some districts will have more money available than others?
31. What are district policies related to the use of school facilities by supplemental educational services providers?
32. Who sets the exact hourly rate to be paid to providers? May this rate vary from provider to provider?
33. How are providers paid?
34. What is the “way of work” between an approved provider and the school district?
35. How will school districts find out which providers are approved to serve eligible students in their districts?
36. When should districts begin communicating with providers?
37. Can the school district determine timelines for providers to sign the contract with the district and begin services to students?
38. What restrictions are placed on providers for marketing and recruiting students?
39. What can providers expect by participating in district provider fairs or meetings?
40. Could the provider fair be set up for providers to recruit students from many schools in a district?
41. What other ways might providers market their program in districts?
42. What happens after a parent selects a supplemental educational services provider for his or her child?
43. Can a provider use its own assessment to identify student needs for writing goals for the PDPA?
44. What are the contractual obligations of providers to a district to continue services if their students achieve the goals originally agreed to in the PDPA?
45. How are providers of supplemental educational services held accountable?
46. How will the public know if supplemental service providers are effective?
47. What is the role of the state in monitoring and evaluation?
48. How will providers be evaluated?
49. Can providers be removed from the state-approved list?
50. What is the role of districts in the monitoring process?
51. What will providers have to do as part of the monitoring process?

Supplemental Educational Services - School Districts

1. What are supplemental educational services?
2. Why are supplemental educational services important?
3. What role do district policymakers play in SES?
4. Who is eligible to receive supplemental services?
5. What is a state-approved provider?

6. How are providers selected for approval by the department?
   

The department annually notifies potential providers and approves providers of supplemental educational services through a Request for Applications (RFA) in which potential providers submit an online application.

A committee of state and school district educational administrators, program specialists, and instructors familiar in the selection of applications and with the NCLB, Title I, Part A provisions and in supplemental educational services instruction and delivery of services will review each application and make recommendations for the approval of providers of supplemental educational services for upcoming school year. Selection will be based on accurate completion of requested information and data, compliance with all provider eligibility requirements, and agreement with assurances set forth in the RFA document. Successful applications are those that obtain at least 70 points out of the maximum 100 points for the application narrative.



7. Is the school district required to notify parents about the availability of supplemental educational services?
8. Is a district required to provide parents the list of providers?
9. Can a district set a deadline by which parents must apply for their child to participate in supplemental educational services?
10. Who selects the approved provider for supplemental educational services?
11. What happens after a parent selects a supplemental service provider for his or her child?
12. Does the law apply to charter schools?
13. Is the school district responsible for providing transportation to the service provider?
14. Are there any circumstances under which a district would not have to provide supplemental educational services to eligible students?
15. How long should supplemental educational services be provided to eligible students?
16. Can a parent switch to another provider during the school year if they are not happy with the services their child is receiving?
17. Can parents choose to transfer their child to another public school AND obtain supplemental educational services for them?
18. Who coordinates supplemental educational services at the local level?
19. How much must a school district spend on supplemental educational services?
20. Must all of the funding for supplemental services come from Title I funds?
21. In addition to Title I, what other federal funds may be used to pay for supplemental services?
22. How is the 20% set aside to be allocated for public school choice options?
23. How much money can be spent per pupil?
24. How will school districts find out which providers are approved to serve eligible students in their districts?
25. Is there a list of providers identified as statewide providers that might serve rural counties?
26. When should districts begin communicating with providers?
27. Can the school district determine timelines for providers to sign the contract with the district and begin services to students?
28. Will providers that serve multiple districts be able to vary their fees for services, as some districts will have more money available than others?
29. What are district policies related to the use of school facilities by supplemental educational services providers?
30. Who sets the exact hourly rate to be paid to providers? May this rate vary from provider to provider?
31. How are providers paid?
32. What restrictions are placed on providers for marketing and recruiting students?
33. What can providers expect by participating in district provider fairs or meetings?
34. Could the provider fair be set up for providers to recruit students from many schools in a district?
35. What other ways might providers market their program in districts?
36. What happens after a parent selects a supplemental educational services provider for his or her child?
37. Can a provider use its own assessment to identify student needs for writing goals for the PDPA?
38. What are the contractual obligations of providers to a school district to continue services if their students achieve the goals originally agreed to in the PDPA?
39. What is required of providers in reporting student progress to parents and the student’s school and district?
40. What if a student does not regularly attend tutoring sessions?
41. How are providers of supplemental educational services held accountable?
42. How will the public know if supplemental service providers are effective?
43. What is the role of the state in monitoring and evaluation?
44. What is the role of districts in the monitoring process?
45. What will providers have to do as part of the monitoring process?
46. Does a district have to provide choice with transportation services to students whose parents chose for them to attend another school during the school year or can the district require them to attend the school within their attendance zone for summer school programs?
47. Can a provider round to the nearest half hour for total hours of tutoring for students within the district’s per pupil allocation?
48. Can teachers or paraprofessionals (aides) provide tutoring services to students with whom they work during the instructional day?