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ERIC Number: ED540874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
A Statewide Investigation into Meeting the Mandates of No Child Left Behind
Smeaton, Patricia; Waters, Faith
Center for Rural Pennsylvania
The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation was designed to strengthen the achievement of K-12 students across the United States. To help schools improve, their progress must be ascertained and then initiatives implemented that will support improvement efforts. This study, which was conducted in 2005-2006, provides a comprehensive, data-driven picture of the progress Pennsylvania's rural and urban schools are making in meeting the NCLB mandates and offers considerations for additional program and policy support for all schools, with particular emphasis on the needs of rural schools. This study used four data sources: reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE); two online surveys, one for principals and one for superintendents throughout Pennsylvania; focus group discussions and interviews with survey respondents; and a summary of interviews of principals of high performing rural schools. The data provide a thorough picture of how Pennsylvania's schools are succeeding in meeting the NCLB mandates, and the analyses of the data provide a picture of the continuing needs of schools. (Contains 6 tables.)
Center for Rural Pennsylvania. 200 North Third Street Suite 600, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Tel: 717-787-9555; Fax: 717-772-3587; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001