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Popham, W. James – Center on Education Policy, 2008
Recognizing the potential of accountability tests to alter classroom instruction, an overview is provided of the federal government's past influence on educational assessments. The past 50 years has witnessed the function of federally engendered educational assessments shift from monitoring the use of federal funds for programs prescribed for…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Assessment, Federal Regulation
Manna, Paul – Center on Education Policy, 2008
This paper aims to inform federal education policy by examining Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and two federal efforts to improve teacher quality, the Eisenhower Professional Development Program and the highly qualified teacher provisions of the No Child Left…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Aid, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation