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ERIC Number: EJ759554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-7
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Defying Predictions, State Trends Prove Mixed on Schools Making NCLB Targets
Olson, Lynn
Education Week, v25 n2 p1, 26-27 Sep 2005
Many people predicted that 2005 would be the year that schools nationwide began feeling the bite of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, as states ratcheted up their performance targets and more schools failed to meet those benchmarks. But such dire predictions are not playing out uniformly across the states. Of the 33 states and the District of Columbia that had released information by the end of August on the percent of schools that made adequate yearly progress under the federal law, about half saw the proportion of schools meeting their performance targets climb, while half saw the percentage go down. This article reports the state trends that prove mixed on schools making NCLB targets. This mixed national picture may have as much to do with how each state calculates progress, based on agreements worked out with the federal government, as on overall test-score trends. For this article, the Education Week Research Center collected data on the percent of schools that made adequate progress in 2004 and in 2005 by state, and the percent of students who scored proficient or higher on state reading and mathematics tests in grades 4 and 8, the two grades also yielding state-by-state results on the congressionally mandated National Assessment of Educational Progress. Though many states calculate AYP using additional grade levels, the findings provide a rough indication of whether test-score trends and AYP results are in tandem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001