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ERIC Number: ED504700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: Nevada
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 Nevada'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 Nevada's system is compared with other states. Nevada's definitions of proficiency generally ranked at or above average compared to the standards set by other states in the study, meaning that students had to perform at a higher level in order to be deemed proficient in Nevada. Nevada's minimum subgroup size is relatively small, resulting in more subgroups being held separately accountable in Nevada than would be in other states. These factors join to impact overall ranking. Compared to the other 27 states examined, Nevada places in the lower end of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, Nevada'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 6 tables.) [For "The Accountability Illusion," see ED504712. For individual state reports, see ED504680-ED504694, 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: Nevada
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001