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ERIC Number: EJ978309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Progress Lags in High School, Especially for Advanced Achievers
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v77 n6 p53-55 Feb 2012
This report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP), an independent nonprofit organization, examines trends in the achievement of high school students on the state reading/English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests used for accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This study confirms that there is reason for concern about the achievement of high school students. In this era of NCLB and demands for greater test-based accountability, state test scores have increased in high schools, just as in elementary and middle schools. But high school students show markedly less progress than students at the other two levels. Moreover, gaps between various groups of high school students have widened at the advanced achievement level in many states. When considered in conjunction with findings from other national and international studies of high school achievement, the findings of this study suggest a need for greater attention to many aspects of high school education, including student motivation, school organization, and effective instructional practices. They also indicate a need to focus greater attention on meeting the needs of high-achieving as well as low-achieving high school students and on narrowing achievement gaps.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001