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ERIC Number: ED504694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: Montana
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 Montana'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 Montana's system is compared with other states. Several factors combine to make Montana's AYP rules relatively difficult compared to the other states examined in the study. Montana's proficiency cut scores in math are relatively high, and the annual targets in Montana are high compared to other states, meaning that schools in Montana must get larger percentages of their students to the "proficient" level than in many other states in order to make AYP. From the study sample of 36 schools, only three elementary and no middle schools met AYP, and none of these three elementary schools had traditionally academically disadvantaged subgroups. Compared to the other 27 states examined, Montana places in the lower middle part of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, Montana'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 10 footnotes, 6 figures, and 5 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: Montana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001