ERIC Number: ED472562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
No Child Left Behind: Meeting Challenges, Seizing Opportunities, Improving Achievement. Achieve Policy Brief.
Garcia, Joseph, Ed.
Achieve Policy Brief, n5 Sum 2002
This brief examines issues raised by the No Child Left Behind Act critical to long-term success of states' reforms. These issues include building a coherent testing program (lead with standards, not tests, and ensure the quality of all tests, particularly their alignment with state standards); managing trade-offs between high expectations and high numbers of low-performing schools (e.g., establish an anchor for proficiency at the end of high school based on preparedness for college and high growth careers, then map backward to set expectations for earlier grades); targeting responses to help more low-performing schools succeed (e.g., establish categories of poor performance that distinguish the most academically needy schools, then target the most substantial assistance or interventions at those schools); building more useful data systems (e.g., create a secure, consistent system to assign unique student identifier numbers, and safeguard data to minimize errors or misrepresentation); balancing accountability with capacity-building (e.g., provide access to a rich, challenging curriculum aligned with standards, and make available to all teachers high-quality, sustained standards-based professional development); and sustaining public support amid expanded testing and accountability (e.g., make state testing and accountability systems as transparent as possible, and foster a third-party organization to mount a sustained public engagement campaign). (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Data Collection, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Low Achievement, State Standards, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001