Innovation & Improvement

NCLB Consolidated Application

The overarching goal of NCLB is for every child to meet state academic achievement standards. Title I, Part A provides the programs and resources for disadvantaged students to meet this goal. NCLB also requires states and LEAs to close the achievement gap, to place a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, and to improve the qualifications of paraprofessionals who work with disadvantaged students. The Title II, Part A, Teacher Quality grant provides the resources for hiring, retaining, and recruiting highly qualified teachers and for training teachers and paraprofessionals. The Title II, Part D, Enhancing Education Through Technology grant improves student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools and encourages the effective integration of technology with teacher training and curriculum development. The NCLB Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools grant removes obstacles to student achievement by providing a safe and drug-free environment, and the Title V grant provides a flexible source of funding to help LEAs achieve NCLB goals. Throughout NCLB, the use of solid research to improve teaching is required and promoted, and parents are provided with information and options to improve the education of their children.

Illinois’ NCLB Consolidated Application for LEAs includes the following programs: