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ERIC Number: EJ882035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-0046-1520
Examining the Assumptions Underlying the NCLB Federal Accountability Policy on School Improvement
Forte, Ellen
Educational Psychologist, v45 n2 p76-88 2010
Many wonder whether the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) will realize its goal of improving achievement among low-performing students in high-poverty schools. An examination of assumptions that underlie the accountability and school improvement aspects of this federal policy suggests that it will not. In spite of the coherence of the systemic reform framework in which NCLB is based, flawed rules for placing schools in improvement status, mismatches between actual needs and pre-prescribed service types, and major gaps in state and local capacity for designing and providing services mean that the implementation of school improvement may be insurmountably limited by the NCLB policy basis. Following this analysis, five recommendations for the next reauthorization of our nation's federal education policy are offered. (Contains 4 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001