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Document Number: 9999

The Accountability Plateau - This paper presents an analysis of NAEP scores — focusing on Texas and on the entire nation. Findings indicate that solid gains in math achievement coincided with the advent of "consequential accountability," when the introduction of a high-stakes testing system corresponds with a one-time boost in student achievement. Using Texas as an example, the author warns that the state's recent plateau in math scores may foreshadow a coming stagnation in the country’s performance. (Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Dec 2011)...

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