ERIC Number: EJ829665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Reference Count: 1
How Do "You" Define a Failing School?
Bracey, Gerald W.
Principal Leadership, v9 n6 p58-59 Feb 2009
Although the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act refers to "low performing" schools as "in need of improvement," no one outside of the U.S. Department of Education uses that phrase. The term most commonly used is "failing." NCLB offers a single, explicit definition of a failing school: one that fails to make adequate yearly progress for two or more years in a row. (The recent safe harbor provision exempts schools that reduce the percentage of a failing subgroup by 10%.) This article discusses other ways to define a school's success or failure.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Educational Indicators, Accountability, Educational Legislation, Low Achievement, Educational Quality, Academic Achievement, Minority Groups, Disadvantaged Youth, Evaluation Methods
National Association of Secondary School Principals. 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. Tel: 800-253-7746; Tel: 703-860-0200; Fax: 703-620-6534; Web site: http://www.principals.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey