Trotwood-Madison City Schools  Trotwood, Ohio
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  Trotwood-Madison City Schools  

Public School Choice / Supplemental Educational Services

September 6, 2012

Dear Parent or Guardian:

On May 29, 2012, the United States Department of Education (USDoE) granted the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) a waiver of several provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The purpose of this letter is to explain how parts of the ESEA Flexibility waiver under Title I, Part A of NCLB relate to your child’s education.

Improvement Status Notification

Under Title I, Part A of NCLB, districts were required to notify parents if any of their schools or the district itself were identified for Improvement.  This provision has been waived, and districts no longer are required to send a letter out notifying parents of School or District Improvement status.

Public School Choice

Under Title I, Part A of NCLB, districts were required to offer students attending schools identified to be in Improvement status the opportunity to attend another public school not so identified. Districts were required to provide or pay for the provision of transportation to the transfer school. This provision has been waived, and districts are no longer required to offer this option.  Trotwood-Madison did not have any students attending another public school using the Public School Choice provision.

Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

Under Title I, Part A of NCLB, districts were required to offer students attending schools identified for Improvement, Year 2 and higher the opportunity to receive Supplemental Educational Services (SES), free tutoring services using external providers.  This provision has been waived, and districts no longer are required to offer SES.  In the place of SES, the district has used its Title I 20% set-aside funds to provide expanded learning time, during the school day, to students in grades K-3 who are academically at-risk in Reading.  The students identified for additional assistance, based on the results of a diagnostic screening instrument, are currently on a trajectory for retention by the end of third grade under the State’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee unless immediate, intensive intervening steps are taken.  The district is also using set-aside funds to aid selected 9th grade students not Reading proficiently and to support college and career readiness skills at the high school level.

Additional information concerning Ohio’s ESEA Flexibility waiver application and other waiver provisions can be found on the ODE website at www.ode.state.oh.us.

Kevin A. Bell Superintendent of Schools