ERIC Number: EJ701999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-1
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Responding Effectively to Test-Based Accountability
Hamilton, Laura; Stecher, Brian
Phi Delta Kappan, v85 n8 p578 Apr 2004
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 has focused the attention of educators, policy makers, and the public on accountability for performance in public education. Yet many of those who will be responsible for improving school performance lack guidance on how to proceed in the brave new world of NCLB accountability. For the most part, state education department and district staff members, principals, teachers, and parents have spent their time trying to understand what the law means and how it will affect them. They have had to react quickly--and sometimes without much direction--to those provisions of the law that have already gone into effect. Few have had time to look ahead and make plans for operating effectively in this new environment. This article is intended to offer some strategies that will help educators function better in the world of accountable districts and accountable schools.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Departments of Education, School Organization, Educational Improvement, Schools of Education, Public Education, National Competency Tests, Academic Achievement, Accountability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001