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Document Number: 11024

It's All Relative: How NCLB Waivers Did - And Did Not - Tranform School Accountability - States with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers are using school accountability systems based on relative rather than absolute measures of performance, according to this report. Waivers allowed thousands of schools to be removed from "corrective action" lists. The author argues that NCLB's measures and methods to identify low-performing schools weren't very good ones and recommends research to discover if waiver implementation really is improving school, educator and student performance. (New America Foundation, December 2013) ...

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