No Child Left Behind?: The Politics and Practice of School Accountability

No Child Left Behind?: The Politics and Practice of School Accountability

by Paul E. Peterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815770286

ISBN-13: 9780815770282

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

The 2002 No Child Left Behind Act is the most important legislation in American education since the 1960s. The law requires states to put into place a set of standards together with a comprehensive testing plan designed to ensure these standards are met. Students at schools that fail to meet those standards may leave for other schools, and schools not progressing…  See more details below

Overview

The 2002 No Child Left Behind Act is the most important legislation in American education since the 1960s. The law requires states to put into place a set of standards together with a comprehensive testing plan designed to ensure these standards are met. Students at schools that fail to meet those standards may leave for other schools, and schools not progressing adequately become subject to reorganization. The significance of the law lies less with federal dollar contributions than with the direction it gives to federal, state, and local school spending. It helps codify the movement toward common standards and school accountability.

Yet NCLB will not transform American schools overnight. The first scholarly assessment of the new legislation, No Child Left Behind? breaks new ground in the ongoing debate over accountability. Contributors examine the law's origins, the political and social forces that gave it shape, the potential issues that will surface with its implementation, and finally, the law's likely consequences for American education.

About the Author:
Paul E. Peterson is Henry Lee Shattuck professor of government and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Martin R. West is a research fellow at the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815770282
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Politics and Practice of Accountability1
2No Child Left Behind: Forging a Congressional Compromise23
3Refining or Retreating? High-Stakes Accountability in the States55
4Politics, Control, and the Future of School Accountability80
5Rethinking Accountability Politics107
6Lessons about the Design of State Accountability Systems127
7Unintended Consequences of Racial Subgroup Rules152
8Charter School Achievement and Accountability177
9The Effects of Accountability in California197
10The "First Wave" of Accountability215
11No Child Left Behind, Chicago Style242
12A Closer Look at Achievement Gains under High-Stakes Testing in Chicago269
13Central Exit Exams and Student Achievement: International Evidence292
Contributors325
Index327

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