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Document Number: 5368

NCLB: A Steep Climb Ahead - This report examines how Louisiana is complying with various provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, and the advantages and challenges the state is addressing to meet the requirements of the act. The provisions addressed include: (1) achievement standards and goals; (2) content standards and assessments; (3) adequate yearly progress, including subgroups, annual measurable objectives, safe harbor and confidence intervals; (4) school improvement, including school choice transfers, supplemental educational services and state takeover; (5) “highly qualified” teacher qualifications, including state certification, subject-area competency and classes taught by highly qualified teachers; and (6) numerous funding issues tied to these provisions. The authors note that the accountability system the state had in place before NCLB is similar to the federal system, but that the new federal requirements remove Louisiana’s ability to adjust its performance goals as 2014 approaches. (Stephenie Franks, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Inc., July 2004)...

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