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ERIC Number: ED504689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: Kansas
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The intent of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 is to hold schools accountable for ensuring that all their students achieve mastery in reading and math, with a particular focus on groups that have traditionally been left behind. Under NCLB, states submit accountability plans to the U.S. Department of Education detailing the rules and policies to be used in tracking the adequate yearly progress (AYP) of schools toward these goals. This report examines Kansas's NCLB accountability system, particularly how its various rules, criteria and practices result in schools either making AYP, or not making AYP. It also gauges how tough Kansas's system is compared with other states. Under the Kansas accountability system, 16 of 18 elementary schools and 17 of 18 middle schools in the study sample fail to make AYP in 2008. Kansas definitions of proficiency generally ranked about average compared with the standards set by other states, but annual targets in reading are relatively difficult to achieve: 75.6 percent of a given population in any school would have to be proficient on the state reading exam for the school to make AYP in 2008. Additionally, Kansas's minimum subgroup size is slightly lower than in many other states: more groups of students are held separately accountable than would be in many other states. Compared to the other 27 states examined, Kansas places at the low end of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, Kansas's NCLB accountability system is working as intended by the legislation, NCLB shortcomings are also evident, and should be considerations for Congress in future reauthorizations of the act. (Contains 9 footnotes, 6 figures and 6 tables.) [For "The Accountability Illusion," see ED504712. For individual state reports, see ED504680-ED504694, ED504700-ED504711 and ED504719.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Identifiers - Location: Kansas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001