We solicited information from the Minnesota Department of Education and nine school districts about past and future expenditures related to NCLB requirements. By reviewing the NCLB law in detail, we identified activities that state or local education agencies might undertake to meet the requirements of the law. We then grouped these activities into categories, providing a common framework for cost reporting.
At the web links below, we list the “state” and “local” activities we identified. Although state and local officials found that it was often difficult to estimate and categorize NCLB costs, we think these lists provide a useful overview of the range of activities required by the NCLB Act. The “state” categories are those applicable to the Minnesota Department of Education, and the “local” categories are those applicable to school districts and their schools. We requested cost information on NCLB-related activities regardless of their funding sources.
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