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ERIC Number: ED504701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: New Hampshire
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 New Hampshire'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 New Hampshire's system is compared with other states. New Hampshire's 99 percent confidence interval provides schools with greater leniency than the 95 percent confidence interval used by most states in the study, and the state awards students partial credit for performing at lower levels of proficiency. On the other hand, New Hampshire's annual targets require that schools reach a relatively high bar. This combination means that while the state's definitions of proficiency generally ranks about average compared with standards set by other states, meeting the proficiency bar in New Hampshire is relatively difficult. New Hampshire's minimum subgroup size is much smaller than the subgroup size in most other states examined, which holds more subgroups separately accountable for performance than in other jurisdictions. Compared to the other 27 states examined, New Hampshire places in the approximate middle of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, New Hampshire'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 11 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: New Hampshire
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001