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The purpose of this subpart is to create options for selected State educational agencies and local educational agencies —

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(1) to improve the academic achievement of all students, and to focus the resources of the Federal Government upon such achievement;

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(2) to improve teacher quality and subject matter mastery, especially in mathematics, reading, and science;

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(3) to better empower parents, educators, administrators, and schools to effectively address the needs of their children and students;

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(4) to give participating State educational agencies and local educational agencies greater flexibility in determining how to increase their students academic achievement and implement education reforms in their schools;

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(5) to eliminate barriers to implementing effective State and local education reform, while preserving the goals of opportunity for all students and accountability for student progress;

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(6) to hold participating State educational agencies and local educational agencies accountable for increasing the academic achievement of all students, especially disadvantaged students; and

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(7) to narrow achievement gaps between the lowest and highest achieving groups of students so that no child is left behind.