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Document Number: 7156

Failing or Succeeding Schools: How Can We Tell? - This report summarizes how the United States arrived at the state and federal accountability systems now in use. The report argues that "slip-sliding into our current accountability requirements has resulted in a system so flawed that it fails in its basic job of identifying which schools are ineffective and which are effective." Not only does this fall short of the intentions of state and federal laws, but it leads to misidentifications with huge consequences for schools, teachers and students. The author offers an alternative approach. (Paul E. Barton, American Federation of Teachers, October 2006) ...

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