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Ahn, Tom – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
Accountability systems are designed to introduce market pressures to increase efficiency in education. One potential channel by which this can occur is to match with effective teachers in the transfer market. I use a smooth maximum score estimator model, North Carolina data, and the state's bonus system to analyze how teachers and schools change…
Descriptors: Accountability, Teacher Effectiveness, Competition, Teacher Placement
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Militello, Matthew; Militello, Luke – Educational Forum, 2013
Recent educational accountability efforts have married student assessments with reform mandates and sanctions. As a result, students--beginning in early elementary grades--are feeling the pressures of this new era of high-stakes accountability. This article chronicles a story of the consequences of high-stakes testing on a father and his son.…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Student Evaluation, Educational Assessment
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Lauen, Douglas Lee; Gaddis, S. Michael – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2016
Despite common conceptions, evidence on whether No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has had adverse effects for low achieving students is mixed. We hypothesize that the incentive to shift attention away from the lowest achieving students increases with the rigor of state standards. Using panel data from students in North Carolina, we exploit two natural…
Descriptors: Accountability, Academic Standards, Mathematics Achievement, High Achievement
Lauen, Douglas Lee; Gaddis, S. Michael – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
This study aims to determine whether educational accountability promotes educational triage. This study exploits a natural experiment in North Carolina in which standards increased first in math in 2006 and second in reading in 2008 to determine whether an increase in educational standards caused an increase in educational triage at the expense of…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Low Achievement, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards
Nichols, Sharon L.; Glass, Gene V.; Berliner, David C. – Education Policy Research Unit, 2005
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), standardized test scores are the indicator used to hold schools and school districts accountable for student achievement. Each state is responsible for constructing an accountability system, attaching consequences--or stakes--for student performance. The theory of action implied by this…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement, Federal Legislation
Gershenson, Seth – W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2015
The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) increased accountability pressure in U.S. public schools by threatening to impose sanctions on Title 1 schools that failed to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) in consecutive years. Difference-in-difference estimates of the effect of failing AYP in the first year of NCLB on teacher effort in the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Teacher Attendance
Mason, Janet Harmon – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of high-stakes testing and accountability on teachers' perceptions of their professional identities. Teachers' instructional practice, work environments, and personal factors are now immersed in the context of high-stakes testing and accountability. This context colors the decisions teachers make…
Descriptors: Report Cards, Teacher Effectiveness, Testing, High Stakes Tests
Gross, Betheny, Ed.; Goertz, Margaret E., Ed. – Consortium for Policy Research in Education, 2005
This report focuses squarely on strategies for instructional improvement in American high schools. Specifically, this study examines how high schools that perform below average incorporate their state's accountability goals into their own goals, identify their challenges, and search for strategies for instructional improvement. It focuses on how…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, High Schools, Instructional Improvement, Accountability