America's Failing Schools: How Parents and Teachers Can Cope with No Child Left Behind / Edition 1

America's Failing Schools: How Parents and Teachers Can Cope with No Child Left Behind / Edition 1

by W. James Popham
     
 

In 2004, millions of parents and teachers across the United States will receive report cards in the mail alerting them that their local schools have "failed." For many Americans, this will be the first introduction to President Bush's controversial No Child Left Behind legislation, which calls for expanded student testing, more stringent accountability requirements,… See more details below

Overview

In 2004, millions of parents and teachers across the United States will receive report cards in the mail alerting them that their local schools have "failed." For many Americans, this will be the first introduction to President Bush's controversial No Child Left Behind legislation, which calls for expanded student testing, more stringent accountability requirements, and annual school-focused report cards at the state, district, and school levels. The legislation ties substantial federal funds for disadvantaged students -- which many schools have already been receiving for almost four decades -- to performance requirements dictated by the new legislation. But will these report cards be accurate? In America's "Failing" Schools, W. James Popham provides parents and teachers with explanations of No Child Left Behind as a whole, walking them through the implications for standardized testing in particular, in uncomplicated and straightforward language. Popham offers definitions of the law and its key terms, explanations of what it really means when a school is labeled "failing," and concrete suggestions for what can be done in response. Because parents with children in failing schools will have the heretofore rare option of transferring their children to other, non-failing schools, they will need to understand why a "failing" school may actually still be a good school. Similarly, the teachers and administrators at both failing and passing schools need to know whether their schools' labels were truly deserved and how to bring about the changes required by the new legislation. Whether parent, teacher, administrator, or involved citizen, anyone concerned with the state of education in the U.S. will want to read America's "Failing" Schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415949477
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Introduction : schools under scrutiny1
Pt. IThe No Child Left Behind act
1A major education law's testing requirements13
2Adequate yearly progress (AYP) : little letters, big impact21
3Report cards and sanctions37
Pt. IIEducational tests : the heart of the matter
4Some nuts and bolts of educational testing49
5Measuring temperature with a tablespoon61
6Today's standards-based tests75
7Instructionally supportive accountability tests83
Pt. IIIEvaluating schools
8The evidence needed to evaluate schools95
9Student affect105
10Determining a particular school's quality117
Conclusion : what to do now?133
Additional reading153
Notes157

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