ERIC Number: ED477177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
No Child Left Behind: Realizing the Vision. Policy Brief.
Cicchinelli, Louis; Gaddy, Barbara; Lefkowits, Laura; Miller, Kirsten
This paper describes how implementation of four key aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act can move schools closer to raising achievement for all students. These four aspects--accountability and testing, flexible use of federal resources, school choice, and quality teachers and quality teaching--can allow schools and districts to realize the vision behind the act. Accountability is really about assessment, and any type of student assessment should be about gathering a body of evidence on students' learning, using multiple forms of inquiry to assess student knowledge. Regarding funding, federal funding is at a record high, but so are the mandates for public education. States and districts must use resources in the most effective manner, and a key to such use is to reallocate federal and local resources to meet pressing policy and programmatic issues that are most likely to improve student achievement. The third element, school choice, presents many challenges. If parents transfer their children from low-performing schools to high-performing schools, the former will hardly improve and the latter's resources will be stretched. It is essential that schools build parental and community support in their efforts to improve education. Finally, researchers continue to present evidence linking teacher quality with student learning, and many organizations have strengthened teacher preparation to ensure teacher effectiveness. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Administration, Resource Allocation, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.