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ERIC Number: ED506742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Mining the Opportunities in "Differentiated Accountability": Lessons from the No Child Left Behind Pilots in Four States
Scott, Caitlin
Center on Education Policy
In March 2008, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched a competition for states to submit proposals to participate in a Differentiated Accountability Pilot program. The stated aim of the pilots was to allow participating states "to vary the intensity and type of interventions to match the academic reasons that led to a school's identification" for improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and to target "resources and interventions to those schools most in need of intensive interventions and significant reform" (U.S. Department of Education, 2008). In July 2008, ED approved six states to participate in the pilot program--Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, and Ohio. In January 2009, ED approved three more states for pilots--Arkansas, Louisiana, and New York. The Center on Education Policy (CEP) conducted in-depth interviews with a selection of state, district, and school officials in four of the nine states participating in the pilots--Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Ohio. All four took a close and critical look at their past statewide systems of school support and their resources and then revised their efforts in deeper ways intended to address the local context. Among the key findings were: (1) All fours states designed accountability frameworks that differed substantially from the past; (2) All four states have changed labels for struggling schools and considered reasons for some schools' failure to make progress; (3) All four states require local educators to use some form of needs assessment to identify a school's needs; and (4) District and school officials had varying views on the impact of differentiated accountability. (Contains 2 tables, 1 box, and 2 footnotes.) [Writing and research assistance was provided by Elizabeth Duffrin, Maureen Kelleher, and Brenda Neuman-Sheldon.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Louisiana; Maryland; New York; Ohio
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001