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Where's the Ed Department's Evaluation of NCLB's Title III?


Back in March, an official from the office of English language acquisition for the U.S. Department of Education told me the department was just about ready to send a two-year evaluation of programs for English-language learners to the U.S. Congress.

It's now mid-August, and the report has yet to have been released.

The No Child Left Behind Act requires that the U.S. Secretary of Education give an evaluation of programs funded under Title III, Part A, of the act to Congress every two years. (Click here for a description of the evaluation.) Title III is the section of the education law that supports schools to operate programs for ELLs.

Chad Colby, a spokesman for the Education Department, told me in an e-mail last week that the report has been delayed because "there were submission issues for some states." He added: "The report is currently being prepared and will go through clearance as soon as possible."

Two years ago, the first two-year evaluation for Title III found that states—and thus schools—were struggling to make adequate yearly progress in math and reading for English-language learners. I wrote in Education Week then that only Alabama and Michigan, for instance, met their AYP goals for both math and reading for ELLs in the 2003-2004 school year. States fared much better, however, in reaching goals for students' progress in learning English. Twenty-two states, for example, met their goals for ELLs to attain fluency in English during the 2003-04 school year. (See the article about the evaluation here.)

I've been persistent in asking the Education Department for the evaluation of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years because I'm eager to report if it's gotten easier or harder with time for states to meet their goals for ELLs under NCLB.

The last two-year evaluation was released in March 2005.


In a recent study of the SES program, Patricia Burch here at the U of Wisconsin Madison found low participation rates, limited services available for ELLs and special education students, and limited state and district capacity to implement the law and monitor program quality. There is little research on how SES affects student performance. The only relevant studies were conducted by two urban school districts, Minneapolis and Chicago.

I'd be curious which states the Education Department is experiencing "submission issues" with...

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