ERIC Number: EJ766230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Reference Count: 4
NCLB: Is There Life beyond Testing?
Educational Leadership, v64 n3 p8-13 Nov 2006
Its focus on holding schools accountable for student achievement on standardized assessments sets NCLB apart from previous versions of the law. The more severe consequences for schools that do not show the necessary improvements in student achievement--such as restructuring and state takeovers--loom just around the corner. Many educators are concerned that these sanctions and others, such as establishing a new curriculum, replacing school staff, or decreasing managerial authority at the school, have not been proven to raise student achievement. Others say that the need to comply with the law stifles innovation and that the limited focus on a small subset of subjects narrows the curriculum. The U.S. Department of Education is attempting to address some of these concerns by altering requirements and introducing new flexibility into the law. ASCD's 2006-2007 Legislative Agenda accompanies this article.
Descriptors: Sanctions, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Federal Legislation, Program Effectiveness, Compliance (Legal), Standardized Tests
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714. Tel: 800-933-2723; Tel: 703-578-9600; Fax: 703-575-5400; Web site: http://www.ascd.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001