ERIC Number: EJ782065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 19
Are NCLB's Measures, Incentives, and Improvement Strategies the Right Ones for the Nation's Low-Performing High Schools?
Balfanz, Robert; Legters, Nettie; West, Thomas C.; Weber, Lisa M.
American Educational Research Journal, v44 n3 p559-593 2007
This article examines the extent to which adequate yearly progress (AYP) is a valid and reliable indicator of improvement in low-performing high schools. For a random subsample of 202 high schools, the authors investigate the school characteristics and the federal and state policy contexts that influence their AYP status. Logistic regression models reveal that the strongest predictors of AYP status in low-performing high schools are the number of student subgroups for which schools are accountable and their No Child Left Behind improvement status. Analysis of state report card data further paints a confusing landscape in which improving low-performing high schools are sanctioned whereas similar schools showing less improvement are not. (Contains 1 figure, 12 tables, and 3 notes.)
Descriptors: High Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Low Achievement, Incentives, Evaluation Methods, Educational Indicators, Institutional Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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