Holding NCLB Accountable: Achieving Accountability, Equity, & School Reform

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Gail L. Sunderman
Corwin Press, 2008 - Education - 262 pages
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This edited book provides a comprehensive approach to evaluating No Child Left Behind and identifying how the law can be improved. With contributions from experts, including Gary Orfield, Linda Darling-Hammond, Catherine Snow, and Daniel Koretz, among others, this text considers the efficacy of NCLB test-based accountability.

These essays critically examine:

- What we know and don't know about the key mechanisms used to hold schools accountable

- Whether states have the capacity to implement all of the requirements called for in the law

- Whether states have the ability to provide the support and technical assistance necessary to help low-performing schools and districts

- The implications of the law for sustaining successful school reform

Holding NCLB Accountable covers four themes. The three themes of accountability, capacity, and school reform provide the framework for the book's chapters. The fourth theme - achieving equity and the implications of the law for low-income and minority students - is addressed throughout the book.

  

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Contents

Rethinking the Challenge of NCLB
1
State Capacity to Implement NCLB
6
Toward a More Effective Definition of
27
Beyond Standardization in School Accountability
43
Implications of NCLB for
57
Evidence on How NCLB Is Working
75
Evidence on Education Under NCLB and How Florida
91
Interstate Inequality and the Federal Role in
103
LowPerforming SchoolsPrograms and State Capacity
137
NCLB Impact on School Reform
153
NCLB and Continuous School Improvement
173
NCLB and Reforming the Nations
191
Can NCLB Improve High School Graduation Rates?
209
Accountability After Five Years
223
Index
255
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Gail L. Sunderman is a senior research associate in K–12 Education for the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Her research focuses on educational policy and politics, and urban school reform, including the development and implementation of education policy and the impact of policy on the educational opportunities for at-risk students. At the Civil Rights Project, she is project director on a five-year study examining the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and is coauthor of the book, NCLB Meets School Realities: Lessons from the Field, also from Corwin Press. Prior research includes studies on the implementation of Title I schoolwide programs, governance reform in the Chicago Public Schools, and understanding institutional and organizational constraints on implementing school reform initiatives. Her work has appeared in Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Educational Researcher. She is a former Fulbright scholar and received her PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

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