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ERIC Number: ED504719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Accountability Illusion: North Dakota
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 North Dakota'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 North Dakota's system is compared with other states. North Dakota's minimum subgroup size is considerably smaller than most other states examined, meaning that schools in North Dakota have more accountable subgroups than similar schools in other states. North Dakota's proficiency standards are about average when compared to other states in the study. The state also uses a 99 percent confidence interval, providing schools with greater leniency than the more commonly used 95 percent confidence interval. Compared to the other 27 states examined, North Dakota places in the low end of the distribution in terms of the number of schools making AYP. The report concludes that although in some respects, North Dakota'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 5 tables.) [For "The Accountability Illusion," see ED504712. For other individual state reports, see ED504680-ED504694 and ED504700-ED504711.]
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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: North Dakota
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001