No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)

These pages feature important information about the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which introduces sweeping changes to the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and its periodic amendments. Information and resources about the department's efforts to implement this far-reaching legislation can be accessed here, including Vermont's NCLB Consolidated State Application, field updates and announcements of NCLB grant opportunities.

Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Requirements and Information
The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires that all public school teachers of core academic subjects (i.e., English, reading, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, art, music, history, and geography) meet the "highly qualified teacher" (HQT) requirements of the Act by the end of the 2005-2006 school year. Special educators will need to meet HQT requirements when they provide "primary instruction" in a core content area.

Use the link above to find information about HQT licensure & content knowledge requirements for Classroom Teachers, Special Educators, Alternative Program Teachers, and Title I Reading & Math Teachers; definitions of Special Education instructional arrangements; Highly Qualified Paraprofessional (HQP) requirements; a frequently asked questions document; and information on requesting an HQT review or additional information.


Online CFP e-Application/e-Amendments for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)
LEAs (supervisory unions/school districts) must apply for their consolidated federal programs funds this year by completing an online e-Application. Funds are allocated to each LEA based on federal formulas and allocation amounts. Consolidated funds include:

  • Title I, Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
  • Title II, Part A - Improving Teacher Quality
  • Title II, Part D - Enhancing Education through Technology
  • Title IV, Part A - Safe and Drug-free Schools and Communities
  • Title V, Part A - Innovative Programs
  Elementary & Secondary Education Act (as Amended) Hearing & Complaint Process 
This hearing and complaint procedure is one to be used when LEAs allege that the SEA has violated NCLB law or the administration of NCLB programs. It may also be used on those occasions when an LEA's desires State involvement in a local complaint procedure.

Supplemental Education Services (SES)
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires Title I schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for three or more years to offer additional services outside the regular school day for eligible students. These supplemental educational services are designed to increase the academic achievement of students in schools in the second year of improvement, in corrective action, or in restructuring. The services, such as tutoring, are in addition to instruction provided during the school day. Supplemental educational services must be consistent with the content and instruction used by the school and be aligned with Vermont's Framework of Standards and the Grade Expectations (GEs). Use the link above to view a list of service providers and other resources.


Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook (with Approved 2006 Amendments)  
Vermont's Adequate Yearly Progress Plan (AYP), required under the No Child Left Behind Act, was approved by the U.S. Department of Education on June 2, 2003. The Accountability Workbook is the official document that describes Vermont's approach to determining the annual progress of its public schools in ensuring that all students are meeting state standards by 2014. Schools that do not meet state standards, as specified in the workbook, will be identified for technical assistance. The state's School Accountability System Manual will be amended to reflect the system described in this document.

Student Performance Results on State Assessments Reported by Subgroups
The No Child Left Behind Act requires that states report student performance annually by subcategories, including gender; major racial/ethnic categories; students with disabilities; economically disadvantaged students; students with limited English proficiency; and migrant students.


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Page Last Updated on February 2, 2015