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Document Number: 6275

Corrective Action in Low-performing Schools: Lessons for NCLB Implementation from State and District Strategies in First-generation Accountability Systems - This report examines accountability systems initiated in seven states and two large districts prior to 2001 to learn what lessons apply to No Child Left Behind. Through the use of evaluative reports, policy documents and interviews with state officials and researchers, the authors identify eight key lessons: (1) sanctions are not the fallback solution; (2) no single strategy has been universally successful; (3) staging should be handled with flexibility; (4) intensive capacity building is necessary; (5) a comprehensive bundle of strategies is key; (6) relationship-building needs to complement powerful programs; (7) competence reduces conflict; and (8) strong state commitment is needed to create system capacity. (Heinrich Mintrop and Tina Trujillo, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, July 2005)...

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