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ERIC Number: ED504703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: New Mexico
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 Mexico'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 Mexico's system is compared with other states. New Mexico combines both rigorous and more lenient requirements: state cut scores in math are close to or above the 50th percentile, while reading cut scores mostly hover around the 30th percentile. New Mexico's 99 percent confidence interval provides schools with greater leniency than the more commonly used 95 percent confidence interval found in other states. However, New Mexico's smaller-than-most subgroup size means that schools have more accountable subgroups than do similar schools in other states, making it difficult for large schools with many accountable subgroups to achieve AYP. Compared to the other 27 states examined, New Mexico 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 Mexico'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, 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 Mexico
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001