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ERIC Number: EJ767196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
So Many Children Left behind: Segregation and the Impact of Subgroup Reporting in No Child Left behind on the Racial Test Score Gap
Stiefel, Leanna; Schwartz, Amy Ellen; Chellman, Colin C.
Educational Policy, v21 n3 p527-550 2007
Although the No Child Left Behind Act was intended to help "all students meet high academic standards," it is focused on subgroups of low-achieving students. The authors analyze the possible impact of the legislation's requirement for performance reporting by racial subgroup in light of the considerable racial segregation in U.S. schools. In particular, using data on elementary and middle schools in New York State, the authors show that the schools are so highly segregated that more than half are too homogeneous to report test scores for any racial or ethnic subgroups. In addition, they show that the racial achievement gap is greatest across segregated schools rather than within integrated ones. The authors analyze the characteristics of schools that are and are not accountable for subgroups, finding that urban schools and large schools are particularly likely to be accountable, and conclude with implications for the reach of the law and for incentives for school segregation. (Contains 7 tables and 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001