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ERIC Number: ED504704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: Ohio
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 Ohio'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 Ohio's system is compared with other states. Ohio's proficiency standards are relatively easy compared to other states. Although the minimum size for most of its subgroups is slightly lower than in other states, Ohio raises its subgroup size for students with disabilities, meaning fewer of these students are held separately accountable than in other jurisdictions. Ohio does not apply confidence intervals to their measurements of student proficiency rates, meaning that schools in Ohio will have a more difficult time meeting their targets than schools in states that do use confidence intervals. Compared to the other 27 states examined, Ohio places towards the high end of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, Ohio'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, 4 figures and 6 tables.) [For "The Accountability Illusion", see ED504712. For individual state reports, see ED504680-ED504694, ED504700-ED504711 and ED504519.]
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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: Ohio
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001