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Document Number: 5487

Improvements Needed in Education's Process for Tracking States' Implementation of Key Provisions of NCLB - This report contains recommendations for improvements needed in the Department of Education's process for tracking states' implementation of key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). To provide information about states’ efforts, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined (1) what goals states established for student proficiency and their implications for whether schools will meet these goals; (2) what factors facilitated or impeded selected state and school district implementation efforts; and (3) how the Department of Education supported state efforts and approved state plans to meet student proficiency requirements. The GAO recommends that the Secretary of Education delineate a written process and timeframes for states to meet conditions for full approval, develop a written plan with steps and timeframes so all states have approved standards and assessment systems by 2006 and further support states’ efforts to gather accurate student data used to determine if goals have been met. (Government Accountability Office, September 2004)...

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