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ERIC Number: ED504702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: New Jersey
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 Jersey'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 Jersey's system is compared with other states. A significant number of Hispanic/Latino, African American, and low-income students met their targets in math in New Jersey, unusual because the minimum subgroup size for these groups is smaller than in most other states, meaning that schools in New Jersey are held accountable for more subgroups than similar schools in other states. It is noted that New Jersey's definitions of proficiency generally ranked below average compared with standards set by the other states, especially in grades 3-5 math, which may account for the higher pass rate in traditionally disadvantaged groups. Compared to the other 27 states examined, New Jersey places in the lower middle of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, New Jersey'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, 5 figures, and 3 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 Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001