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ERIC Number: ED561302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
NCLB Waivers and Accountability: The Graduation Rate Balancing Act
Young, Kathryn
Jobs For the Future
When it comes to state education accountability systems, times are changing fast. This is clearer than ever with the advent of not only waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) but also the multitude of state accountability index systems and "A through F" school-grading systems rolling out across the country. The multiple measures of college and career readiness included in the new systems offer potential benefits over the use of state test scores and graduation rates alone. For example, states can now create a more nuanced and comprehensive view of college and career readiness that might include end-of-course assessments, success on college-level courses, and graduation rates, as well as growth in student achievement. However, if these new indices are to be accurate and meaningful, states must not water down accountability measures within them, particularly accountability measures for improving graduation rates. This brief provides five questions that can help states and districts ensure strong graduation rate accountability, using data already available in state reporting systems.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001