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Making Mid-Course Corrections: School Restructuring in Maryland

Author(s): Brenda Neuman-Sheldon
Published: December 5, 2007

This report describes findings from case studies of 10 Maryland schools undergoing restructuring in accordance with the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The ten schools are located in four school districts in Maryland: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools; Baltimore County Public Schools; and Prince George’s County Public Schools. Interviews were also conducted with state officials.

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Full Report (PDF format, 319 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Neuman%2DSheldon%5FMDSchRestructuring%5F120507%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 47.1 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FMDSchRestructuring%5F120507%2Epdf

Caught in the Middle: Arizona's English Language Learners and the High School Exit Exam

Author(s): Angela Minnici, Dalia Zabala, Alice P. Bartley
Published: November 13, 2007

In this report, we present a portrait of how some Arizona educators, students, and families are faring with the state exit exam, known as Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards or AIMS. In particular, we examine how Arizona’s exit exam policy is influencing the education of English language learners (ELLs)—a group of students that is caught in the middle of challenges and controversy about exit exams and education in Arizona. This report also attempts to identify the effects of the exit exam on ELLs in Arizona and to understand why districts and high schools in Arizona continue to struggle to raise pass rates for ELLs. 

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Full Report (PDF format, 1976 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MinniciZabalaBartley%5FReport%5FCaughtInMiddleAZ%2DELLHSEE%5F110107%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 53.2 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FArizonaELL%5F111307%2Epdf

NCLB Year 5: Reading First: Locally Appreciated, Nationally Troubled

Author(s): Caitlin Scott
Published: October 31, 2007

Despite problems with the federal administration of the Reading First program, this CEP report finds that the program is widely credited by state and local officials for lifting the achievement of students who receive Reading First services. Overall, more than three-fourths of states and two-thirds of districts with Reading First grants reported that the program’s assessment and instructional programs were important causes of gains in student achievement. Further, the report finds that Reading First’s impact is felt far beyond the participating schools, with more than half of Reading First districts using elements of Reading First in non-Reading-First schools and in the upper grades. Similarly, states reported that more than 3,000 non-Reading-First districts participated in state-led Reading First professional development.

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Full Report (PDF format, 546 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Scott%5FNCLB5ReadingFirst%5F103107%2Epdf
Methodology (PDF format, 254 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Methodology%5FNCLB5%5F072407%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 44.4 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FNCLB5ReadingFirst%5F103107%2Epdf

Behind the Numbers: Interviews in 22 States about Achievement Data and the No Child Left Behind Act Policies

Author(s): Lisa E. Kroger, Hilary L. Campbell, Arthur A. Thacker, D.E. "Sunny" Becker, and Lauress L. Wise
Published: October 15, 2007

This report describes findings from a series of interviews with education leaders in 22 states. These interviews were conducted with the intent of providing a context for better understanding the achievement trends identified in CEP's June 2007 report, Answering the Question That Matters Most: Has Student Achievement Increased Since No Child Left Behind? Several key findings that emerged from the interviews: (1) there is limited research-based evidence that corroborates or explains achievement trends or monitors instructional impact; (2) many states have made changes in their testing systems since NCLB took effect in 2002, often in ways that have caused "breaks" in the compatibility of test data and made it invalid to track trends over several years; (3) many states are actively pursuing additional changes in their assessment systems that will continue to affect the comparability of test data in the future, and many states indicated that they intend to increase the amount of test data available to the public; and (4) almost half of the states interviewed emphasized the need for federal technical assistance (and often funding) to help states and school districts develop the capacity to collect and analyze the complex assessment and other data required by NCLB.

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Phase II - Full Report (PDF format, 321 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FReport%5FBehindtheNumbers%2DPhaseII%5F101507%2Epdf

Are Private High Schools Better Academically Than Public High Schools?

Author(s): Harold Wenglinsky
Published: October 10, 2007

This study, based on an analysis of the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988-2000, finds that once family background characteristics are taken into account, low-income students attending public urban high schools generally performed as well academically as students attending private high schools. The study also found that students attending traditional public high schools were as likely to attend college as those attending private high schools. In addition, the report also finds that young adults who had attended any type of private high school were no more likely to enjoy job satisfaction, or to be engaged in civic activities at age 26, than those who had attended traditional public high schools.

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Full Report (PDF format, 302 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Wenglinsky%5FReport%5FPrivateSchool%5F101007%2Epdf
Sensitivity and Replication Analysis Report (PDF format, 339 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Jeong%5FAnalysis%5FPublicVSPrivate%5F101007%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 124 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=NewsRelease%5FPublicVSPrivate%5F101007%2Epdf

Testimony of Jack Jennings Before the House Education and Labor Committee

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: September 10, 2007

On September 10, 2007, Jack Jennings, CEP's president, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Education and Labor Committee on the Miller/McKeon Discussion Draft of ESEA reauthorization legislation.

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Testimony (PDF format, 118 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Jennings%5FStatementOnESEA%5F091007%2Epdf

State High School Exit Exams 2007 Annual Report: Working to Raise Test Scores

Author(s): Dalia Zabala, Dr. Angela Minnici, Jennifer McMurrer, Dr. Deanna Hill, Alice P. Bartley, and Jack Jennings
Published: September 6, 2007

This report looks at the new developments in the implementation of state high school exit exams in the 26 states that currently implement or plan to implement these exams. The report focuses on the efforts made at the state and local level to raise initial pass rates for all students, help students who fail on their first attempt, and close the achievement gap.

Some information on Mississippi’s profile, page 111, has been updated (December 2007).

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Full Report (PDF format, 1019 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FHSEE07Report%5F090607%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 138 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FHSEE07Report%5F090607%2Epdf

Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965: Recommendations from the Center on Education Policy

Author(s): CEP
Published: August 28, 2007

Since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law in 2002, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) has been monitoring the effects of this important national policy. This paper presents CEP’s recommendations for changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by NCLB. These recommendations grow out of the main findings of CEP’s research on the effects of NCLB.

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Full Report (PDF format, 510 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FESEARecommendations%5F082807%2Epdf
Media Advisory (PDF format, 68.3 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MediaAdvisory%5FESEARecommendations%5F082807%2Epdf

Title I Funds - Who's Gaining, Who's Losing: School Year 2007-08 Update

Author(s): Tom Fagan
Published: August 15, 2007

This report discusses funding for states and schools districts under the federal Title I, Part A program for school year 2007-08. (Title I is the largest federal program assisting elementary and secondary schools, and contains the key accountability provisions under the No Child Left Behind Act.) The report highlights the impact of annual poverty count updates on the distribution of funds and discusses the mandatory state reservation of funds for school improvement activities.

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Full Report (PDF format, 241 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Fagan%5FReport%5FTitleIFunds%5F081507%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 108 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FTitleIFunds%5F081507%2Epdf

NCLB Year 5: Choices, Changes, and Challenges: Curriculum and Instruction in the NCLB Era

Author(s): Jennifer McMurrer
Published: July 24, 2007

This report examines the amount of time spent during the school week on core academic subjects and how that allocation of time across subjects has changed since school year 2001-02 when NCLB was enacted. The report finds that approximately 62% of school districts increased the amount of time spent in elementary schools on English language arts and or math, while 44% of districts cut time on science, social studies, art and music, physical education, lunch or recess.

Note: Although the overall findings of this report have not changed, some of the specific numbers have been revised since its original publication to correct initial contractor data tabulation errors. To review the specific changes made, please click on "Report with Specific Revisions in Tracking".

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Full Report – Revised December 2007 (PDF format, 3181 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=McMurrer%5FFullReport%5FCurricAndInstruction%5F072407%2Epdf
Report with Specific Revisions in Tracking (PDF format, 380 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=RevisedReport%5FTRACKING%5FCurricAndInstruction%5F1207%2Epdf
Methodology (PDF format, 254 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Methodology%5FNCLB5%5F072407%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 43.8 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FCurricAndInstruction%5F072407%2Epdf

NCLB Year 5: Moving Beyond Identification: Assisting Schools in Improvement

Author(s): CEP
Published: July 11, 2007

This report examines the kind of assistance that schools in improvement receive and how effective district and state officials believe that assistance to be. The report's findings are based on CEP's annual survey of 50 state departments of education; our nationally representative annual survey of districts; and 12 case study districts involving interviews with district and school officials.

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Full Report (PDF format, 843 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FFullReport%5FMovingBeyond%5F071107%2Epdf
Methodology (PDF format, 254 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Methodology%5FNCLB5%5F072407%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 138 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FMovingBeyond%5F071107%2Epdf

Testimony of Jack Jennings Before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: July 9, 2007

On June 7, 2007 Jack Jennings, CEP's president, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives ' Education and Labor Committee 's Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. Mr. Jennings was asked by the Subcommittee to testify on CEP's report, Answering the Question That Matters Most: Has Student Achievement Increased Since No Child Left Behind? 

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Testimony (PDF format, 112 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Jennings%5FTestimony%5FHELP%5F060707%2Epdf

Students with Disabilities' Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act: Summary of a Roundtable Discussion and Guiding Principles for Reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB

Author(s): Angela Minnici
Published: June 29, 2007

As part of its comprehensive, multiyear study of state and local implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Center on Education Policy hosted a roundtable discussion on May 1, 2007 with leaders from 25 organizations to address potential improvements to the students with disabilities’ provisions of NCLB. For more information about this meeting see the meeting summary and guiding principles for reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB and other supporting material below provided by Nancy Reder and Stanley Rabinowitz, guest speakers invited to initiate our discussion.

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Summary and Recommendations (PDF format, 44.1 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Minnici%5FSummaryRecommendation%5FSWDRoundtable%5F062907%2Epdf
Assessment of Students With Disabilities Under NCLB: State Practices (PPT format, 212 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Rabinowitz%5FSWDRoundtable%5F050107%2Eppt
Accountability for Students with Disabilities (PDF format, 42.2 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Reder%5FSWDAccountability%5F062907%2Epdf

English Language Learners' Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act

Author(s): Dalia Zabala
Published: June 7, 2007

As part of its comprehensive, multiyear study of state and local implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Center on Education Policy hosted a roundtable discussion on March 20, 2007 with leaders from 25 organizations to address potential improvements to the English language learners’ provisions of NCLB. For more information about this meeting see the meeting summary and other supporting material below provided by Diane August and Stanley Rabinowitz, guest speakers invited to initiate our discussion. 

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Meeting Summary (PDF format, 129 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=SummaryofRoundtableDiscussions%5FELL%5FNCLB%2Epdf
Appendix A (PPT format, 170 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=StanleyRabinowitz%5FELLPresentation%5F060707%2Eppt
Appendix B (PPT format, 53.5 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=DianeAugust%5FELLPresentation%5F060707%2Eppt
Appendix C (PDF format, 226 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=August%5FELL%20ProvisionsOfNCLB%5F060707%2Epdf

Answering the Question That Matters Most: Has Student Achievement Increased Since No Child Left Behind?

Author(s): CEP
Published: May 31, 2007

Using testing data from all 50 states, this study addresses two key questions in the debate surrounding the No Child Left Behind Act: has student achievement increased and have achievement gaps narrowed since NCLB was enacted in 2002?

View 2005-6 State Profiles and Worksheets 
 

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Full Report (PDF format, 1238 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FReport%5FStudentAchievement%5F053107%2Epdf
Press Invitation (DOCX format, 12.1 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressInvitation%5FStudentAchievementSince2002%5F060507%2Edocx
Press Release (PDF format, 50.5 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=NewsRelease%5FStudentAchievement%5F053107%2Epdf

NCLB Year 5: Educational Architects: Do State Education Agencies Have the Tools Necessary to Implement NCLB?

Author(s): Angela Minnici and Deanna D. Hill
Published: May 9, 2007

The second report in a series of CEP publications on the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act examines the capacity of state education agencies to carry out the requirements of NCLB. An analysis of survey data from all 50 states and interview data of 15 high-ranking state education officials from 11 states revealed four major capacity challenges: (1) limitations in staffing and infrastructure; (2) inadequate federal and state funding; (3) a lack of sufficient guidance and technical support from the U.S. Department of Education; and (4) barriers in NCLB and within state education agencies.

Supplemental Report on District Perspectives on State Capacity

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Full Report (PDF format, 1160 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MinniciHill%5FFullReport%5FEduArchitects%5F050907%2Epdf
Appendix A (PDF format, 139 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=AppendixA%2Epdf
Appendix B (PDF format, 139 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=AppendixB%2Epdf
Appendix C (PDF format, 139 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=AppendixC%2Epdf
Appendix D (PDF format, 139 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=AppendixD%2Epdf
Appendix E (PDF format, 140 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=AppendixE%2Epdf
Appendix F (PDF format, 141 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=AppendixF%2Epdf
Methodology (PDF format, 254 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Methodology%5FNCLB5%5F072407%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 40.1 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FEduArchitects%5F051007%2Epdf

Testimony of Jack Jennings before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: March 14, 2007

The Center on Education Policy was asked to testify before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education on March 14, 2007. The testimony highlights CEP's research on funding issues surrounding the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Testimony (PDF format, 109 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Jennings%5FTestimony%5FHELPApprop%5F031407%2Epdf

Beyond the Mountains: An Early Look at Restructuring Results in California

Author(s): Caitlin Scott
Published: March 1, 2007

This study examines the No Child Left Behind Act's restructuring process in California. The number of California schools in NCLB restructuring nearly doubled in the last year, increasing from 401 schools in 2005-06 to 701 in 2006-07, or roughly 8% of California schools. CEP's study found that California schools in restructuring implementing multiple reform efforts tailored to individual school needs were more likely than other schools in restructuring to meet AYP targets in English language arts.

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Full Report (PDF format, 218 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Scott%5FEarlyLookRestructuringCA%5F030107%2Epdf
Methodology (PDF format, 254 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Methodology%5FNCLB5%5F072407%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 136 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FEarlyLookRestructuringCA%5F022807%2Epdf

"It's Different Now": How Exit Exams Are Affecting Teaching and Learning in Jackson and Austin

Author(s): Dalia Zabala, Angela Minnici
Published: March 1, 2007

Since much of the previous research on exit exams, including CEP's own work, has looked at national patterns of implementation and passing rates, this study aimed to benefit policy and practice by focusing on the local level. In particular, we conducted case studies in Jackson and Austin that examined how classroom instruction and other initiatives are preparing students for exit exams, as well as how these exams are affecting students’ engagement in learning and their plans for postsecondary education.

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Full Report (PDF format, 3436 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MinniciZabala%5FReport%5FExitExamsJacksonAustin%5F020107%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 33.3 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FExitExamsJacksonAustin%5F030707%2Epdf

What Now? Lessons from Michigan About Restructuring Schools and Next Steps Under NCLB

Author(s): Caitlin Scott
Published: March 1, 2007

CEP's third review of school restructuring in Michigan finds that over half of Michigan's 90 restructuring schools improved student achievement enough to meet the state's AYP targets for two consecutive years, allowing them to graduate out of the school improvement designation altogether. A CEP analysis of the restructuring approaches used indicates that no single factor is most responsible for improving student achievement. Instead, schools that implemented five or more reforms over the past two years were significantly more likely to exit restructuring than were other restructuring schools.

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Full Report (PDF format, 193 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Scott%5FMIRestructuringReport%5F030107%2Epdf
Methodology (PDF format, 254 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Methodology%5FNCLB5%5F072407%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 46.8 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FMIRestructuringReport%5F032807%2Epdf

NCLB Year 5: State Implementation of Supplemental Educational Services under the No Child Left Behind Act

Author(s): Angela Minnici and Alice P. Bartley
Published: March 1, 2007

This report describes state efforts to carry out the supplemental educational services requirements. It is the first in a series of CEP publications on the NCLB implementation that will report on the results of our 2006 surveys of officials from 50 state educational agencies and a national sample of school districts, as well as case study research.

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Full Report (PDF format, 929 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MinniciBartley%5FReportSES%2DNCLB5%5F030107%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 102 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FSES%2DNCLB5%5F031407%2Epdf

Principles for Reauthorizing the Teacher Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Higher Education Act

Author(s): CEP
Published: February 1, 2007

As part of its comprehensive, multiyear study of state and local implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Center on Education Policy hosted two meetings last fall with leaders from nearly two dozen education organizations to address potential improvements to the teacher provisions of NCLB. The recommendations that received the broadest support during the two roundtable sessions are included in Principles for Reauthorizing the Teacher Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Higher Education Act, which is intended to offer policymakers a set of principles to consider as they undertake reauthorization efforts.

CEP Roundtable Discussions on Improving NCLB's Highly Qualified Teacher Provisions -- October 17, 2006

CEP Roundtable Discussions on Improving NCLB's Highly Qualified Teacher Provisions -- November 29, 2006

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Full Report (PDF format, 37.8 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FTeacherProvisionsNCLBandHEA%5F020107%2Epdf
Media Advisory (PDF format, 25.4 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MediaAdvisory%5FTeacherProvisionsNCLB%5F020707%2Epdf

No Child Left Behind at Five: A Review of Changes to State Accountability Plans

Author(s): Naomi Chudowsky, Victor Chudowsky
Published: January 1, 2007

This report summarizes the changes to state NCLB accountability plans approved by the U.S. Department of Education during 2006, and discusses the changes in and expansion of state testing programs as a result of NCLB.

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Full Report (PDF format, 92.8 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Chudowsky2%5FStateAccountabilityPlanChanges%5F010107%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 19.7 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FStateAccountabilityPlanChanges%5F010107%2Epdf

State High School Exit Exams: 2007 Policy Briefs

Author(s): Dalia Zabala
Published: January 1, 2007

Policy Brief 1: States Continue Trend Toward Higher-Level Exit Exams, More Subjects Tested
A snapshot of main features of state exit exams taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2006 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: A Challenging Year.

Policy Brief 2: Growth in High School Exit Exams Levels Off But Minority Students Affected Disproportionately
A snapshot on the number of states currently implementing or planning to implement state mandated high school exit exams, and the percentages of minority students impacted. Information taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2006 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: A Challenging Year. 

Policy Brief 3: Gaps Persist in High School Exit Exams Pass Rates
A snapshot at changes in initial pass rates for all students and each of the subgroups from 2004-05. Information taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2006 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: A Challenging Year. 

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Policy Brief 1 (PDF format, 82.6 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=HSEE%2D2007PolicyBrief1%5F010107%2Epdf
Policy Brief 2 (PDF format, 122 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=HSEE%2D2007PolicyBrief2%5F010107%2Epdf
Policy Brief 3 (PDF format, 90.0 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=HSEE%2D2007PolicyBrief3%5F010107%2Epdf

Why We Still Need Public Schools: Public Education for the Common Good

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: January 1, 2007

This report highlights the history and importance of public education in the United States, dating back to its establishment as a necessary institution for the young republic and Horace Mann’s efforts to promote a common school for all. The report focuses on how and why the U.S. system of public education came into being; the six core public missions that public schools have been expected to fulfill, such as unifying a diverse population, preparing people for democratic citizenship, and ensuring equal opportunities for all children; and why these missions are relevant today and why the nation must maintain them while pursuing reforms to help all schools live up to these core ideals.

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Full Report (PDF format, 632 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Kober%5FReport%5FWhyWeStillNeedPublicSchools%5F010107%2Epdf
Media Advisory (PDF format, 100 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=MediaAdvisory%5FWhyWeStillNeedPublicSchools%5F012507%2Epdf
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