ERIC Number: EJ695459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-1
Reference Count: 80
When Opting Out Is Not a Choice: Implications for NCLB's Transfer Option from Charlotte, North Carolina
Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin; Southworth, Stephanie
Equity and Excellence in Education, v38 n3 p249-263 Aug 2005
A key provision of No Child Left Behind is the opportunity for students to transfer from a low-performing school to a high-performing one. Drawing from a case study of school reform in Charlotte, North Carolina, this article examines the implementation and early outcomes of NCLB's voluntary transfer option for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) district. For the 2004-05 school year, fully 92% of the eligible families did not exercise their choice to exit from their low-performing schools. The experiences of CMS illustrate how larger social, economic, and political contexts constrain the implementation of standards-based reforms like NCLB in general and, in particular, the limitations of the transfer option for improving academic achievement and educational equity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001