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ERIC Number: ED460200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-1
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Closing the Deal: A Preliminary Report on State Compliance with Final Assessment & Accountability Requirements under the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994.
Piche, Dianne M.
This report revisits several key questions examined in a 1999 report, "Title I Midstream: The Fight to Improve Schools for Poor Kids," investigating whether all states have: set standards for student performance; measured attainment of standards with assessments that meet Title I requirements; and developed accountability systems required by law. The report concludes that federal oversight improved during the last 18 months of the Clinton Administration, as the Department of Education provided more guidance to states and began to demand that states comply with important federal requirements and safeguards for Title I assessments. It also concludes that, with a few exceptions, the states are still far behind in establishing systems that will provide tangible benefits to children. Although states had 6 years to develop the six assessments called for under the 1994 law, by January 2001, only 11 states fully met important Title I requirements for alignment with standards, technical quality, full inclusion of all students, and disaggregation of results by race, gender, and other categories. There is no evidence that the Bush Administration is moving the process forward. Instead, the assessment-compliance process begun under the previous administration has been halted. (SM)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Improving Americas Schools Act 1994 Title I