School Choice

In January 2002, the United States Congress passed a new federal education law called No Child Left Behind (NCLB), officially known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  NCLB requires the state, school districts, and individual schools to meet specific achievement targets in ath and Reading. The achievement targets for Pennsylvania for 2009-2010 are 63 percent of the students proficient in Reading, and 56 percent of the students proficient in Mathematics. All students must meet these targets, including the following populations: major ethnic groups, special education students, limited English proficient students, and low-income students. In addition, at least 95 percent of the students enrolled in schools must participate in the state assessments (PSSA), and schools must reach a 90% attendance goal or show improvement in attendance rates (for elementary/middle schools) and reach an 85% graduation rate goal or show improvement graduation rates (for high schools). Collectively, these targets are known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Section 1116 of the No Child Left Behind Act requires Title I schools identified for school improvement to offer Public School Choice to parents at the beginning of the school year immediately following the identification. Non Title I schools that are in school improvement, however, will NOT be required to offer public school choice. No Child Left Behind does NOT require non-Title I schools to notify parents of the school status.
School Choice opportunities have been provided to East Stroudsburg Area School District students as follows:

Year

Schools Eligible for School Choice

Students Eligible for School Choice

Participants in School Choice

2009-2010

Bushkill Elementary School

616

8

 

Resica Elementary School

552

13

2010-2011

 

Bushkill Elementary School

555

16

 

Resica Elementary School

638

14

2011-2012
  Bushkill Elementary School 508 21
2012-2013
  Bushkill Elementary School 466 22
East Stroudsburg Elementary School    66646

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During the 2012-2013 school years, the following schools are available as options for parents to consider under School Choice:   

  • J. M. Hill Elementary School
  • Middle Smithfield Elementary School
  • Resica Elementary School
  • Smithfield Elementary School
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