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July 1st, 2008 Ė June 30, 2009

No Child Left Behind School Choice

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) Related to Fingerprinting/Background Screening Requirements of State-Approved Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Providers (DPS Memo 2009-017, January 16, 2009) (PDF)
The 2005 Florida Legislature passed the Jessica Lunsford Act, which amended Section 1012.465, Florida Statutes (Background screening requirements for certain non-instructional school district employees and contractors.--), to require school districts to conduct state and national background screenings of non-instructional personnel and contractors, such as providers of supplemental educational services (SES) and their employees who are permitted access to school grounds when students are present or who have direct contact with students, or have access to, or control of, school funds. The 2007 Legislature further amended Section 1012.465, Florida Statutes, and created Sections 1012.467 (Non-instructional contractors who are permitted access to school grounds when students are present; background screening requirements.--) and 1012.468, Florida Statutes (Exceptions to certain fingerprinting and criminal history checks.--). A state and national background screening is a fingerprint-based criminal history records check of individuals for the consideration of disqualifying offenses respective to eligibility for employment or contracting with a Florida public school or district.

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) Related to Student Learning Plans for Supplemental Educational Services (K-12 Memo 2008-137, November 17, 2008) (PDF)
The purpose of the SES Student Learning Plan (SLP) is to assist low-performing students in meeting state and school district expectations in academic proficiency in reading, language arts, and mathematics. The SLP must reflect each studentís program with instruction that is focused, intensive, and tailored to meet the individual needs of the student. The SLP is the primary vehicle for communicating the parent, district, and provider commitment to addressing the unique educational needs of a student.

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) Related to Reporting NCLB School Choice Options Ė Choice with Transportation and Supplemental Educational Services 2008-2009 (K12 Memo 2008 Ė 87, November 10. 2008) (PDF)
The purpose of this Technical Assistance Paper is to provide information regarding the reporting of school choice options, including Choice with Transportation (CWT) and Supplemental Educational Services (SES) pursuant to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) via the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) automated student information system.

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) Related to Monitoring and Reporting Student Progress for Supplemental Educational Services (K12 Memo 2008-162, November 6, 2008) (PDF)
The purpose of this document is to provide technical assistance regarding the monitoring of progress of all students participating in Supplemental Educational Services (SES) pursuant to the requirements in 20 U.S.C. ß6316 of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. NCLB requires state-approved SES providers to monitor a studentís progress toward meeting the measurable goals on his or her Student Learning Plan (SLP). In addition, the provider must regularly inform the studentís parents and teacher(s) of the studentís progress. Through progress monitoring, a studentís progression of achievement is monitored and instructional techniques are adjusted to more effectively meet the studentís learning needs.