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ERIC Number: ED504705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: Rhode Island
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 Rhode Island'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 Rhode Island's system is compared with other states. Unlike most states, Rhode Island measures its student performance with a proficiency index, giving partial credit for students achieving partial proficiency. Although the index makes it easier for Rhode Island schools to meet their targets in the short term, the effect of the index diminishes as the annual targets gradually approach the 100 percent proficiency requirement dictated under NCLB for 2014. Rhode Island's minimum subgroup size is larger than in most other states, meaning that schools have fewer accountable subgroups under Rhode Island rules than they would in many other states. Rhode Island's proficiency standards are average when compared to other states, but its annual targets are fairly rigorous. Compared to the other 27 states examined, Rhode Island places in the upper middle of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, Rhode Island'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 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: Rhode Island
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001