ERIC Number: ED469962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-13
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No Child Left Behind: Who Is Included in New Federal Accountability Requirements?
Wenning, Richard J.; Herdman, Paul A.; Smith, Nelson
This paper reviews how the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) will operate regarding different groups of students and schools, examining factors that could delay or dilute its guarantee of educational accountability for the academic achievement of all children. It discusses such issues as: what kinds of tests must be used and when, who must be tested and who is exempted, whose scores count and how they are reported, and how the NCLB's testing and adequate yearly progress requirements apply to private, home, and charter schools. The first section provides context on the law, its intent, and its implementation to date. The second section discusses who gets tested and when and whose scores count for accountability purposes, highlighting students with special needs. The third section examines measurement of school performance and applicability of accountability provisions to different types of schools. The final section concludes that the NCLB is a solid step toward establishing a national commitment to the high academic achievement of all children, including students with special needs and those with limited English proficiency. It also finds that the law must be well implemented, that a variety of stakeholders must be included in the regulatory and enforcement processes, and that the Department of Education must expand and strengthen the quality of data collected for accountability purposes. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Charter Schools, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Home Schooling, Limited English Speaking, Private Schools, Special Needs Students, Standardized Tests
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001