The NCLB Transfer Program is available for students in grades 9-12 who attend a select group of high schools. Find answers to our most commonly asked questions about the program here. Find answers to our most commonly asked questions here. Before sending an email, please review our categories below. Still have a question? Ask us directly.
Additional Facts about NCLB and AYP
Who do I contact with questions about the application process?
If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the application, please contact the Department of Accountability at (773) 553-3500.
Where do I send my application?
Please mail or fax your completed application to:
Chicago Public Schools
Attn: NCLB Choice Program
125 S. Clark Street, 11th floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603-4042
||Deadline for applications to the Department of Accountability|
||Parents notified of application status|
||First day of school for students attending a school on the year-round schedule|
||First day of school for students attending a school on the regular schedule*|
*Please note that some charter schools on the application begin school in July and August. For more information on the start dates for charter schools, please contact Teresa Diaz in the Office of New Schools at (773) 553-1539.
What resources are available if I keep my child at his or her current school?
Each CPS school is working hard to provide instruction to meet the needs of each child, particularly those who are not meeting standards. For example, the Office of Extended Learning Opportunities offers free tutoring to students at selected schools.
We encourage you to compare the services at your child’s current school to the services offered at the schools to which you are applying to make sure that a transfer is the best option for your child. Contact the Office of Extended Learning Opportunities with any questions at (773) 553-3590.
If my child is accepted to transfer, when should I enroll my child at the new school?
You must enroll your child at the new school before the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. Please note that some schools start in July or August.
If my child transfers to another school, how long can he or she stay at that school?
Your child may stay at his or her new school until he or she graduates from the highest grade level offered, or until you transfer your child out. If you choose to transfer your child out of the school, your child’s participation in the NCLB Choice program will end.
How can I submit an application for my other children in high school?
You can submit a separate application for each child applying to transfer. We will make every attempt to keep siblings at the same school. You can also submit the Sibling Relationship Form which will identify students in the same family. If you need additional application forms, please contact the Department of Accountability at (773) 553-3500.
Are students with disabilities eligible for transfer?
If your child is selected through the lottery and the new school is unable to implement your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP), the Office of Specialized Services will work with you to identify different options.
How were the schools on the application selected?
The schools to which you can apply are on the application because they have not missed the state’s AYP targets. Some of these schools may have met the targets. Others may be new schools that do not have enough data yet to get a rating from the state. We encourage you to learn more about each of these schools so that you can make a decision.
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Who do I contact with questions about transportation for my child?
Please contact the Bureau of Student Transportation with questions at (773) 553-2860.
If my child is selected for transfer, is transportation available?
Yes. CPS offers three transportation options:
- Free school bus transportation will be made available from a bus site near the child’s home to the transfer school you select. Buses will not pick up and drop off students at homes or at the end of after-school programs. This option is only available for students living between 1.5 and 6 miles from the school you select. Contact the Bureau of Student Transportation with any questions at (773) 553-2860.
- Free CTA bus and train passes are available for students in grades K-8. Parents of students in grades K-6 are eligible to receive passes to accompany their children to and from school. CPS staff can help you plan your child’s route. This option is available for students living more than 1.5 miles from the school you select. Contact the Bureau of Student Transportation with any questions at (773) 553-2860.
- CPS will pay you for transportation costs if you transport your child to and from school. You will receive a check at the beginning of the month from your child’s school for 55 cents per mile multiplied by the number of miles driven in that month. For example, if the distance between your home and the school is five miles, you would receive a check of about $220 at the beginning of each month (55 cents x 10 miles a day x 2 trips x about 20 school days per month). This option is available for students living more than 1.5 miles from the school you select. Contact the Bureau of Student Transportation with any questions at (773) 553-2860.
How do I apply for one of the three transportation options?
When you register your child at his or her new school, you can select one of the three transportation options and complete the NCLB transportation application for each student or family. The application requires signatures from both the parent and the principal. The school coordinator will forward the application to the Bureau of Student Transportation. The process of setting up transportation requires that the student be enrolled in the new school.
How long will it take to process the transportation request?
The Bureau of Student Transportation will make every effort to process requests within five to seven business days. You may have to make arrangements to transport your child to the new school until the application is processed.
Will the transportation options change?
CPS is striving to provide services to as many students as possible. Due to budgetary constraints, CPS reserves the right to amend these options in the future.
Is transportation available for students living less than 1.5 miles from the school?
Yes. The State of Illinois offers the Parent/Guardian State Pupil Transportation Reimbursement Program to parents of students living less than 1.5 miles from the school. The school staff will fill out the necessary paperwork and submit it to the Bureau of Student Transportation. Contact the Bureau of Student Transportation with any questions at (773) 553-2860.
How do I receive carfare reimbursement for transporting children attending two different schools under this program?
CPS will reimburse you for transportation costs that cover the distance between the two schools.
Are students with disabilities eligible to receive bus service?
Yes. Students requiring bus transportation as specified in the current Individualized Educational Program (IEP) will be accommodated. Contact the Bureau of Student Transportation with any questions at (773) 553-2860.
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What is “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB)?
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a federal law that requires states to evaluate the performance of every school every year. When a school does not meet state standards for two years in a row, the students at the school are given the option to transfer to another school.
What is “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP)?
AYP is calculated by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) each year for each school. In order to make AYP, a school must meet the following criteria:
- 95% of the total student population and each subgroup* population must take the state test.
- The total school population must meet/exceed annual math and reading assessment targets. Assessments counted include ISAT, PSAE, and IAA.
- All subgroups with at least 45 students must meet math and reading assessment targets or make Safe Harbor.**
- School must meet/exceed annual targets for attendance in elementary schools and for graduation in high schools.
*Subgroups include specific categories of students such as students with disabilities, students from major racial and ethnic groups, and English Language Learners.
**Safe Harbor is a way for a school to make AYP for a subgroup by showing improvement in the percent of students that meet state standards in that subgroup from one year to the next.
What is a “School Improvement Status”?
Schools receiving federal funding that do not make AYP for two consecutive years are identified as “schools in need of improvement.” Each year that the school does not meet AYP, the school is moved to the next category of school improvement. At each phase of school improvement, a different intervention is implemented at the school. A list of school improvement categories and the required interventions is below:
# Years not making AYPM
School improvement category
||School choice transfer offered*|
||School choice transfer and Supplemental Education Services (SES) tutoring*|
||School choice transfer, SES tutoring, and school implements one of the following:|
Implement new curriculum
Decreased school-level management authority
Restructure school organization; or
Appoint outside experts to advise school
||School choice transfer, SES tutoring, and school develops restructuring plan|
||School choice transfer, SES tutoring, and school implements restructuring plan, which may include:|
Replace principal and/or staff
Select outside management agency to operate school
Other major governance change
*School choice and SES tutoring are provided to students on a priority basis as authorized by NCLB.
For more information on AYP and NCLB school improvement status, you can view your school’s report card on the Illinois State Board of Education or at /www.cps.edu. You can also find information on each website comparing the performance of your child’s school to other schools in the district.
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