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ERIC Number: ED504708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: Vermont
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 Vermont'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 Vermont's system is compared with other states. Vermont's proficiency standards are relatively average compared to other states, but its annual targets are fairly rigorous. Unlike most other states, Vermont measures student performance with a proficiency index, which gives partial credit for students achieving partial proficiency. In the short term, the index makes it easier for Vermont schools to meet their targets, but the effect of the index diminishes as the targets approach the 100 percent proficiency requirement dictated under NCLB for 2014. Compared to the other 27 states examined, Vermont places at the approximate middle of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, Vermont'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, 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: Vermont
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001