Pain and Gain: Implementing No Child Left Behind in Three States, 2004-2006

Pain and Gain: Implementing No Child Left Behind in Three States, 2004-2006

Pain and Gain: Implementing No Child Left Behind in Three States, 2004-2006

Pain and Gain: Implementing No Child Left Behind in Three States, 2004-2006

Synopsis

The Implementing Standards-Based Accountability (ISBA) study was designed to examine the strategies that states, districts, and schools are using to implement standards-based accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This monograph presents information regarding the implementation of NCLB in California, Georgia, and Pennsylvania from 2003-2004 through 2005-2006, including the final results of the ISBA project.

Excerpt

The Implementing Standards-Based Accountability (ISBA) study was designed to examine the strategies that states, districts, and schools are using to implement standardsbased accountability (SBA) under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and how these strategies are associated with classroom practices and student achievement in mathematics and science. This monograph presents the final results of the ISBA project. It contains descriptive information regarding the implementation of NCLB in California, Georgia, and Pennsylvania from 2003–2004 through 2005–2006. It is a companion to MG-589-NSF, Standards-Based Accountability Under No Child Left Behind (2007), and updates those findings with an additional year of data, permitting further analyses of state-to-state differences and longer-term trends. Like the companion report, this monograph should be of particular interest to educators and policymakers in California, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, and of general interest to those concerned with standards-based reforms and NCLB.

This study suggests that school improvement efforts might be more effective if they were responsive to local conditions and customized to address the specific causes of failure and the capacity of the school in question.

This research was conducted by RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation. It is part of a larger body of work addressing accountability in state and federal education. The project was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this monograph are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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