Monday, January 08, 2007

Ten Big Effects of the No Child Left Behind Act on Public Schools

This short report describes ten major effects of the No Child Left Behind Act based on CEP's four year study of the implementation of NCLB at the federal, state, and local level.

  1. State and district officials report that student achievement on state tests is rising, which is a cause for optimism.
  2. Schools are spending more time on reading and math, sometimes at the expense opf subjects not tested.
  3. Schools are paying much more attention to the alignment of curriculum and instruction and are analyzing test score data much more closely.
  4. Low-performing schools are undergoing makeovers rather than the most radical kinds of restructuring.
  5. Schools and teachers have made considerable progress in demonstrating that teachers meet the law's acadmic qualifications - but many educators are skeptical this will really improve the quality of teaching.
  6. Students are taking a lot more tests.
  7. Schools are paying much more attention to achievement gaps and the learning needs of particular groups of students.
  8. The percentage od schools on state "needs improvement" lists has been steady but is not growing.
  9. The federal government is playing a bigger role in education.
  10. NCLB requirements have meant that state governments and school districts also have expanded roles in school operations, but often without adequate federal funds to carry out their duties.

The complete report is available here.

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