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State Board approves criteria for Supplemental Service providers
School districts would contract with providers selected by parents

For Immediate Release
September 19, 2002
For Information: 217/782-4648

The State Board of Education today adopted criteria for approving providers that will offer tutoring and other enriching Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to help improve achievement of low-performing, low-income students in schools that receive federal Title I funds.

Final approval of the criteria is another important step in implementing the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), State Superintendent of Education Robert Schiller said, and one that empowers parents.

“The State Board would use these criteria to solicit proposals and create a list of approved providers,” Schiller said. “Parents whose children are eligible for SES would be able to use that list to select both the academic services they want for their children and the entity that will provide them.

School districts must notify parents about what supplemental education services are available and who is eligible to provide them, as well as a brief description of the services, qualifications, and demonstrated effectiveness of each provider. Parents should get the information from the district at least annually in a language and format they can understand.

After parents choose the services and provider they want, the school district enters into a contract with the provider. Parents must then work with the district and provider to identify specific goals and a timetable for improving student achievement, and how progress will be measured.

“SES will ultimately benefit students because it brings additional resources and efforts to improving achievement. One of the most important aspects our job to identify providers is to make sure they have a proven track record of high-quality, research-based programs and services specifically designed to increase student learning,” he said.

Board members raised a concern about the cost of SES programs. They called for staff to build in some kind of assurance that the cost of the supplemental services will be relatively uniform across the state and, if necessary, perhaps even capped to protect school districts from additional financial burdens.

Supplemental Education Services are extra academic assistance for low-performing students who are attending Title I schools that have failed to improve student achievement by the required amounts each year – “Adequate Yearly Progress” for at least three consecutive years. With a particular focus on reading and mathematics, the supplemental services can include tutoring, remediation and other academic intervention provided outside the regular school day, e.g., before and after school, summer, etc. Districts are allowed to use a portion of their Title I funds to pay for SES.

SES LINKS:

The proposed criteria are attached.

Application for Supplemental Educational Service Providers