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[121 STAT. 1389]
[121 STAT. 1389]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

PUBLIC LAW 110–134—DEC. 12, 2007

121 STAT. 1389

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‘‘(5) SPECIAL RULE.— ‘‘(A) PROHIBITION.—The use of assessment items and data on any assessment authorized under this subchapter by any agent of the Federal Government is prohibited for the purposes of— ‘‘(i) ranking, comparing, or otherwise evaluating individual children for purposes other than research, training, or technical assistance; and ‘‘(ii) providing rewards or sanctions for individual children or teachers. ‘‘(B) RESULTS.—The Secretary shall not use the results of a single assessment as the sole method for assessing program effectiveness or making agency funding determinations at the national, regional, or local level under this subchapter. ‘‘(c) MONITORING OF LOCAL AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS.— ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—To determine whether Head Start agencies meet standards described in subsection (a)(1) established under this subchapter with respect to program, administrative, financial management, and other requirements, and in order to help the programs identify areas for improvement and areas of strength as part of their ongoing self-assessment process, the Secretary shall conduct the following reviews of Head Start agencies, including the Head Start programs operated by such agencies: ‘‘(A) A full review, including the use of a risk-based assessment approach, of each such agency at least once during each 3-year period. ‘‘(B) A review of each newly designated Head Start agency immediately after the completion of the first year such agency carries out a Head Start program. ‘‘(C) Followup reviews, including— ‘‘(i) return visits to Head Start agencies with 1 or more findings of deficiencies, not later than 6 months after the Secretary provides notification of such findings, or not later than 12 months after such notification if the Secretary determines that additional time is necessary for an agency to address such a deficiency prior to the review; and ‘‘(ii) a review of Head Start agencies with significant areas of noncompliance. ‘‘(D) Other reviews, including unannounced site inspections of Head Start centers, as appropriate. ‘‘(2) CONDUCT OF REVIEWS.—The Secretary shall ensure that reviews described in subparagraphs (A) through (C) of paragraph (1)— ‘‘(A) are conducted by review teams that— ‘‘(i) include individuals who are knowledgeable about Head Start programs and, to the maximum extent practicable, individuals who are knowledgeable about— ‘‘(I) other early childhood education and development programs, personnel management, financial accountability, and systems development and monitoring; and ‘‘(II) the diverse (including linguistic and cultural) needs of eligible children (including children

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