ERIC Number: ED474010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
From the Capital to the Classroom: State and Federal Efforts To Implement the No Child Left Behind Act.
Rentner, Diane Stark; Chudowsky, Naomi; Fagan, Tom; Gayler, Keith; Hamilton, Madlene; Kober, Nancy
This study examines how the federal government and states prepare to implement the No Child Left Behind Act. Researchers reviewed states' consolidated applications for federal grants; conducted telephone interviews with officials in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and 8 school districts; and reviewed relevant research. The study addresses assessment and accountability; public school choice and supplemental education services requirements; teacher and paraprofessional quality; and use of scientifically based research to improve education. Overall, states are committed to the Act's goals of raising achievement for all subgroups and enhancing teacher quality and working to implement the law, though its deadlines for making massive changes are short and final regulations on some key issues were late in coming from the Department of Education. The main challenge states face are creating plans for determining whether schools are making adequate yearly progress in raising achievement. States and districts are slow in acting on requirements to offer public school choice and supplemental services. They are not very far along in using scientifically based research to inform classroom practice. Three appendices include protocol for review of state plans, an interview guide, and a policy summary of the No Child Left Behind Act. (Chapters contain references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Minority Group Children, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Public Schools, School Choice, State Government, Teacher Qualifications
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Phi Delta Kappa International, Bloomington, IN. International Curriculum Management Audit Center.
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001