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Document Number: 4594

Assessing the Definition of "Adequate Yearly Progress" in the House and Senate Education Bills - Although this report was published in 2001, the observations gleaned from North Carolina and Texas assessment data are still germane. The authors warn that: (1) test scores are, by their nature, given to fluctuation; (2) nearly every school in North Carolina and Texas would not have made adequate yearly progress at least once between 1994-1999; and (3) racially diverse schools are at significantly greater risk of failing to meet adequate yearly progress. The researchers recommend ways policymakers can ensure the fairness of the proposed federal test-based accountability program. (Thomas J. Kane, Hoover Institution and UCLA; Douglas O. Staiger, Dartmouth College; and Jeffrey Geppert, National Bureau of Economic Research; July 15, 2001)...

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