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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 countrys performance. (Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Dec 2011)...

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