U.S. Government Accountability Office
The No Child Left Behind Act requires school districts with failing schools that receive Title I funds to offer supplemental educational services (SES) to low-income youth. SES participation increased from 12 percent in the 2003-04 school year to 19 percent in 2004-05, but problems remain in notifying parents about the availability of the programs. Also, many states don’t know whether SES providers are actually improving student achievement.
This report discusses how SES participation has changed in recent years; how providers are working with districts to deliver services; and how states can better monitor and evaluate SES providers and their outcomes. Free. One-page abstract links to the full report. (202) 512-6000, http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d07738thigh.pdf.