ERIC Number: ED486514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Focusing on Student Performance Through Accountability. Challenge to Lead Series
Diaz, Alicia; Lord, Joan
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
This report, Focusing on Student Performance Through Accountability, shows that more students, in all groups, are meeting state standards. And parents, communities and education leaders are better informed about student performance than ever before. It shows that large gaps remain in every state. If the state is to reach the No Child Left Behind goal that 100 percent of students will be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014, some groups--particularly black and Hispanic youngsters and students with disabilities and low English proficiency--will have to improve much faster than they have in the past. A key factor in helping all students to reach standards is the alignment of curricula, assessments and reporting to rigorous state standards. These standards drive the refinement of curricula, the improvement and expansion of academic assessments, and the development and revision of comprehensive report cards for schools, districts and states. Standards are fundamentally important. States must get them right. This report shows assessment results in SREB states and also compares state results with performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress to show how state standards measure up against the same national benchmark. The conclusion: Some states may not yet have their standards right. Some may have set them too high; others, too low. The No Child Left Behind Act requires states to identify schools that need improvement and to assist those that are Title 1 schools--those with many children from low-income families. But many schools that do not meet state standards--and that need help--are not Title 1 schools and are not being identified and assisted by all SREB states.
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, State Standards, Low Income Groups, Federal Legislation, National Competency Tests, Curriculum, Student Evaluation
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5776. Tel: 404-875-9211.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.