Holding NCLB Accountable : Achieving Accountability, Equity, and School Reform

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  • Copyright: 2007-12-13
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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Providing a comprehensive evaluation of NCLB, this book examines test-based accountability, considers state-level capacity to carry out mandates, and discusses ideas for improving the law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
About the Editorp. ix
About the Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Rethinking the Challenge of NCLBp. 1
NCLB and Accountability
The Pending Reauthorization of NCLB: An Opportunity to Rethink the Basic Strategyp. 9
Toward a More Effective Definition of Adequate Yearly Progressp. 27
Beyond Standardization in School Accountabilityp. 43
Promises and Pitfalls: Implications of NCLB for Identifying, Assessing, and Educating English Language Learnersp. 57
Evidence on How NCLB Is Working
Two Takes on the Impact of NCLB on Academic Improvement: Tracking State Proficiency Trends Through NAEP Versus State Assessmentsp. 75
Evidence on Education Under NCLB (and How Florida Boosted NAEP Scores and Reduced the Race Gap)p. 91
State Capacity to Implement NCLB
Interstate Inequality and the Federal Role in School Financep. 103
Massive Responsibilities and Limited Resources: The State Response to NCLBp. 121
Low-Performing Schools' Programs and State Capacity Requirements: Meeting the NCLB Educational Goalsp. 137
NCLB Impact on School Reform
Improving High Schools and the Role of NCLBp. 153
NCLB and Continuous School Improvementp. 173
NCLB and Reforming the Nation's Lowest-Performing High Schools: Help, Hindrance, or Unrealized Potential?p. 191
Can NCLB Improve High School Graduation Rates?p. 209
Conclusion: Accountability After Five Yearsp. 223
Referencesp. 227
Indexp. 255
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