ERIC Number: EJ789551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-26
Reference Count: N/A
States Get Flexibility on Targets
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v27 n29 p1, 19 Mar 2008
As President Bush nears the end of his tenure, his administration is putting its final stamp on the No Child Left Behind Act and trying to lay the groundwork for the law's future. This article reports on the latest effort of President Bush's administration that will allow as many as 10 states to create alternative interventions for schools that have failed to meet their achievement targets under the 6-year-old law. Under the U.S. Department of Education's new "differential accountability" pilot project, eligible states will be allowed to overhaul the way in which they spend federal K-12 funds to intervene in low-performing schools and to implement their plans in the 2008-09 school year. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' goal is to offer states new flexibility in carrying out the NCLB law and to develop policies for Congress to consider if lawmakers do not renew the law this year. Although many observers and policymakers say that the NCLB law needs to refine its interventions based on the needs of individual schools, several questioned whether the U.S. Department of Education's proposal is the best approach. A critic of the law said that the pilot project will be too small and too limited to change the problems that schools are having in implementing the law or to improve the public perception of it.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Pilot Projects, Politics of Education, Educational Indicators, Federal Programs, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001