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Public School Choice

What is the purpose of the public school choice requirement in No Child Left Behind federal legislation of 2001?

The purpose of public school choice is to offer a student enrolled in a Title I school that is in need of improvement an opportunity to attend another school, even as his or her original school is undergoing improvement. The process of turning around a low-performing school typically takes time, and during that time that school’s students are at risk of falling further behind if they do not have additional options.

School Year 2007-2008: During the 2007-2008 school year, a total of 2890 students from five schools (Veterans, Ella Risk, A.S. Feinstein, Calcutt Middle, and Central Falls High School) were eligible for Supplemental Education Services (SES). Because of the limited amount of funds supporting the program, 250 students participated in the program. Because sufficient funds were not available to serve all eligible students, priority was given to the lowest-achieving students.

School Year 2008-2009: During the 2008-2009 school year, a total of 2658 students from five schools (Veterans, Ella Risk, A.S. Feinstein, Calcutt Middle, and Central Falls High School) were eligible for Supplemental Education Services (SES). Because of the limited amount of funds supporting the program, 258 students participated in the program. Because sufficient funds were not available to serve all eligible students, priority was given to the lowest-achieving students.

School Year 2009-2010: During the 2009-2010 school year, a total of 1686 students from three (3) schools ( Central Falls High School, Veterans Memorial Elementary, and Ella Risk) were eligible for Supplemental Education Services (SES). Because of the limited amount of funds supporting the program, 362 students participated in the program. Because sufficient funds were not available to serve all eligible students, priority was given to the lowest-achieving eligible students.

School Year 2010-2011: During the 2010-2011 school year, a total of 1080 students from three (3) schools (High School, Ella risk, Veterans) were eligible for Supplemental Education Services (SES). Because of the limited amount of funds supporting the program, 144 students participated in the program. Because sufficient funds were not available to serve all eligible students, priority was given to the lowest achieving eligible students.

School Year 2011-2012: For the current school year, two (2) of the district’s schools (Central Falls High School and Veterans Memorial Elementary School) are required to offer School Choice and SES and one (1) school (Ella Risk) is required to offer SES. After exploring options with districts in the surrounding communities, no out-of-district Choice options are available at this time.

How does the school district assist these students?

While it is not possible to transfer students to schools in the surrounding communities, all eligible students are offered free before and after school tutoring services. For the list of Supplemental Education Services (SES) providers click here.

While some of our schools have been identified as “in need of improvement”, we want you to know that we are working hard to ensure that all students meet their academic goals. We are developing a rigorous school improvement plan and teachers are being provided with high quality training and professional development.

For more information on public school choice, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.