Carousel of Ideas Finds Success in California

District-wide implementations of Carousel of Ideas in California helped 96% of schools meet their Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives as measured and reported for Title III standards for English Language Proficiency.
Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires school districts to meet specified Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives. AMAO 1 measures the extent to which LEP (Limited English Proficient) students make progress in English proficiency and AMAO 2 measures the extent to which LEP students attain English proficiency.

Ten Ballard & Tighe products are approved for purchase with funds through California Assembly Bill 1802. AB 1802 is a one-time $30 million appropriation to purchase supplemental instructional materials for English language learners and the deadline for districts to encumber this funding is June 30, 2009.

“The systematic instruction of Carousel is an important part of our Title I schools’ success,” said Kim Anh Vu, administrator of English language programs for Oak Grove Elementary School District. The district focuses on individualized instruction and feels that Carousel of Ideas allows instructors to adjust to individual needs because it uses explicit and systematic instruction that is proficiency-based rather than being a regimented grade-level based curriculum.