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ERIC Number: ED533348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 183
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-0365-1
No Child Left Behind Act and the Closing of the Achievement Gap in Suffolk County Public Schools
Quackenbush, John Paul
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, St. John's University (New York), School of Education and Human Services
In this investigation, 55 of the 72 Suffolk County public schools were analyzed using archival data gleaned from the New York State Education Department's BEDS report for the years 2000 to 2005. Three primary research questions were used to determine if the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 had an impact on four ethnic groups, wealth of different districts, and the size of the school district. The four ethnic groups are white, black, Hispanic and Asian students. The fifty-five school districts were divided into six different areas of wealth based on the Combined Wealth Ratio as published by New York State. The school districts were placed into one of six groups based upon the student population in the district schools. The data were placed into more than fifty tables, which validate relationships between the three variables and the success of the fourth grade students on the English Language Arts (ELA) assessment. The data disclose NCLB has produced positive influence on the different school districts in the study. A second revelation recognizes a new model, "The Gains Model" for determining if the school districts have improved when compared to pre and post-NCLB data. The investigation suggests the Annual Manageable Objective (AMO) used to identify Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) by New York State, to identify if each school district is making progress at becoming proficient, is not as reliable as the "Gains Model" developed as a result of the investigation. The gains model is more useful as an indicator of the success or lack of success of the different school districts and gives a better indication of what the different schools have accomplished. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001