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Document Number: 6228

Conflicting Demands of No Child Left Behind and State Systems: Mixed Messages about School Performance - The demands of individual state accountability systems and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) fail to align, causing schools that meet NCLB’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) in some cases to not make their own state accountability measures – and vice versa – sending mixed messages about the actual performance of the school. This paper argues that unless the current goal of 100% proficiency is not modified, NCLB turn into “No School Succeeding.” To avoid labeling all schools as failures, significant changes in NCLB accountability requirements are needed, perhaps the most important of which would be making the achievement goal more obtainable. Also discussed are the additional hurdles diverse schools face in making AYP compared to more homogenous schools. (Robert L. Linn, Education Policy Analysis Archives, June 2005)...

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