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Center on Education Policy Publications

An Early Look at the Economic Stimulus Package and the Public Schools: Perspectives from State Leaders

Author(s): CEP
Published: December 2, 2009

This report looks at the early efforts of states to implement the elementary and secondary education provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The findings are drawn from a survey of officials in state education agencies and governors’ offices in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Key findings concern the financial condition of state education budgets, progress toward meeting the reform assurances, interest in national content standards and the Race to the Top Funds, and requests by the states for financial and regulatory relief. 

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State Report (PDF format, 430 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FStateReport%5FEconStimulusPackagePS%5F120209%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 22.0 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=NewsRelease%5FEconStimulusPackagePS%5F120309%2Epdf

State Test Score Trends Through 2007-08, Part 4: Has Progress Been Made in Raising Achievement for Students with Disabilities?

Author(s): Naomi Chudowsky, Victor Chudowsky, and Nancy Kober
Published: November 16, 2009

Using data from state reading and mathematics tests, this report takes an in-depth look at the performance of students with disabilities and highlights the problems with the testing data for these students.

(Updated April 6, 2010)

View 2007-08 State Profiles and Worksheets 

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Full Report (PDF format, 256 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Chudowsky2Kober%5FSTST07%2D08%5FP4%5FProgressStudentswDisabilities%5F111609%2Epdf
Errata for 11/16/09 Version of Report (PDF format, 2187 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Errata%5FProgressStudentswDisabilities%5F111609%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 20.4 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FSTST07%2D08%2DPart4%5F111609%2Epdf

State High School Exit Exams 2009 Annual Report: Trends in Test Programs, Alternate Pathways, and Pass Rates

Author(s): Ying Zhang
Published: November 5, 2009

The report draws from CEP's eight-year study of high school exit exams to identify long-term trends in state policies and student performance. It highlights a growing trend among states to establish alternate pathways to graduation for students who are struggling to pass exit exams. The report also analyzes exit exam pass rates and finds that 11 of the 16 states showed an average annual growth in the proportion of students passing the test in reading and 13 states showed average annual growth in mathematics. Although many states narrowed the gaps in initial pass rates between the various student subgroups over the years, the gaps remain large in both subjects.

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Full Report, updated 1/13/2010 (PDF format, 811 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FHSEE09Report%5Fup011310%2Epdf
Errata (PDF format, 15.1 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Errata%5FHSEE09Report%5F110509%2Epdf
Supplemental Tables (PDF format, 108 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=SupplementalTables%5FHSEE09Report%5F110509%2Epdf
Alabama (PDF format, 142 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Alabama%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Alaska (PDF format, 163 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Alaska%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Arizona (PDF format, 147 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Arizona%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Arkansas (PDF format, 138 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Arkansas%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
California (PDF format, 177 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=California%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Florida (PDF format, 185 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Florida%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Georgia (PDF format, 150 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Georgia%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Idaho (PDF format, 168 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Idaho%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Indiana (PDF format, 205 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Indiana%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Louisiana (PDF format, 174 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Louisiana%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Maryland (PDF format, 190 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Maryland%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Massachusetts (PDF format, 222 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Massachusetts%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Minnesota (PDF format, 194 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Minnesota%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Mississippi (PDF format, 209 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Mississippi%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Nevada (PDF format, 180 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Nevada%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
New Jersey (PDF format, 171 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=NewJersey%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
New Mexico (PDF format, 171 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=NewMexico%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
New York (PDF format, 205 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=NewYork%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
North Carolina (PDF format, 184 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=NorthCarolina%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Ohio (PDF format, 195 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Ohio%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Oklahoma (PDF format, 186 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Oklahoma%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
South Carolina (PDF format, 186 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=SouthCarolina%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Tennessee (PDF format, 173 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Tennessee%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Texas (PDF format, 179 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Texas%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Virginia (PDF format, 184 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Virginia%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Washington (PDF format, 187 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Washington%2DHSEE2009%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 23.5 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FHSEE09Report%5F110509%2Epdf

How State and Federal Accountability Policies Have Influenced Curriculum and Instruction in Three States: Common Findings from Rhode Island, Illinois, and Washington

Author(s): Deepa Srikantaiah
Published: October 6, 2009

This report takes an in-depth look at how classroom practices in Rhode Island, Illinois, and Washington State have been influenced by state accountability policies and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The report, How State and Federal Accountability Policies Have Influenced Curriculum and Instruction in Three States, examines how teachers and administrators have responded to increased accountability and pressure to meet state standards. Drawing from case studies of 18 schools in the three states, CEP highlights the national implications for how accountability is impacting curriculum and instruction and provides recommendations to help mitigate some of the harmful effects of standards-based accountability systems.

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Full Report (PDF format, 966 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Srikantaiah%5FCrossStateReport%2DRI%2DIL%2DWA%5F100609%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 11.6 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FCrossStateReport%5F100609%2Epdf

State Student Achievement Testing Data

Author(s): CEP
Published: October 1, 2009

This brochure invites research and analysis of the unique stockpile of data found on CEP’s Web site regarding K-12 testing results from all 50 states. The brochure describes the wealth of available test data and explains how to access that information.

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Brochure (PDF format, 297 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FStateProfileBrochure%5F100109%2Epdf

State Test Score Trends Through 2007-08, Part 3: Are Achievement Gaps Closing and Is Achievement Rising for All?

Author(s): Naomi Chudowsky, Victor Chudowsky, and Nancy Kober
Published: October 1, 2009

This report examines testing data from all 50 states to determine if achievement gaps between subgroups of students are narrowing. The report also looks at the achievement trends of subgroups of students at the elementary school level.

View 2007-08 State Profiles and Worksheets 

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Full Report (PDF format, 346 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Chudowsky2Kober%5FSTST07%2D08%5FP3%2DGapandAchievementForAll%5F100109%2Epdf
Supplemental Tables (DOC format, 107 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=WebTablesGapReport%5FSep2009%2Edoc
Press Release (PDF format, 26.7 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FSTST07%2D08%2DPart3%5F100109%2Epdf

Commissioned Papers for CEP's Project to Rethink the Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education

Author(s): CEP
Published: October 1, 2009

In 2008 and 2009, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) commissioned a series of major papers to assist in rethinking the federal role in elementary and secondary education. Authors were asked to review areas of activity in which the federal government has been involved over the past half century, determine the purposes of the federal programs, examine the evidence of their effect on education, and make recommendations for the future role of the federal government in public education. Each paper was peer-reviewed by individuals with diverse points of view on the issue. CEP also convened a series of public forums to discuss several of the papers and compiled a compendium of key studies on the No Child Left Behind Act.

In February 2010, CEP issued its recommendations for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act). In developing these recommendations, CEP drew upon these papers, forums, research compendium, as well as CEP's comprehensive studies of NCLB and our long-term experience with federal policies. The document, Better Federal Policies Leading to Better Schools, provides guidance for President Obama and the Congress in shaping the federal role in elementary and secondary education.

View the Compendium of Key Studies

Presented Papers:

"Federal Aid to Elementary and Secondary Education: Premises, Effects, and Major Lessons Learned" by Paul Manna, College of William and Mary

"Standards-Based Reform in the United States: History, Research, and Future Directions" by Laura S. Hamilton, Brian M. Stecher, and Kun Yuan, RAND Corp.

"The Role of Assessment in Federal Education Programs" by W. James Popham, University of California, Los Angeles

"Demographic Trends and the Federal Role in Education" by Harold Hodgkinson, Hodgkinson Associates, Ltd.

"The Federal Role in Education: Lessons from Australia, Germany, and Canada" by Chad R. Lykins and Stephen P. Heyneman, Vanderbilt University

"Advancing ECE2 Policy: Early Childhood Education (ECE) and its Quest for Excellence, Coherence, and Equity (ECE)" by Sharon L. Kagan and Jeanne L. Reid, Teachers College, Columbia University

"The Federal Role in Out-of-School Learning: After-School, Summer Learning, and Family Involvement as Critical Learning Supports" by Heather B. Weiss, Priscilla M. D. Little, Suzanne M. Bouffard, Sarah N. Deschenes, and Helen Janc Malone, Harvard Family Research Project

"From PLATO to Podcasts: Fifty Years of Federal Involvement in Educational Technology" by Mathew Cherian, Graduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"National Efforts to Bring Reform to Scale in America’s High-Poverty Elementary and Secondary Schools: Outcomes and Implications" by Geoffrey D. Borman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Fifty Years of Federal Teacher Policy: An Appraisal" by Gary Sykes and Kenne Dibner, Michigan State University

"What the Federal Government Can Do to Improve High School Performance" by Russell W. Rumberger, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Two other papers that are informing this project to rethink the federal role in elementary and secondary education were developed in 2004 for a CEP forum on the No Child Left Behind Act.

"Ruminations Regarding NCLB'S Most Malignant Provision: Adequate Yearly Progress" by W. James Popham, University of California, Los Angeles

"Rethinking the No Child Left Behind Accountability System" by Robert L. Linn, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Summaries of commissioned papers (PDF format, 673 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Summary%5Fof%5FCommissioned%5FPapers2010%2Epdf
Manna Paper (PDF format, 322 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Manna%5FFedAid%5FElemAndSecEducation%5F110108%2Epdf
Manna Paper - Appendix (PDF format, 141 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Manna%5FAppendix%5FFedAid%5FElemAndSecEducation%5F110108%2Epdf
RAND Corp. Paper (PDF format, 411 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=HamiltonStecherYuan%5FUS%2DStandardsBasedReforms%5F120108%2Epdf
Popham Paper (PDF format, 327 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Popham%5FRoleOfAssessment%5F110108%2Epdf
Hodgkinson Paper (PDF format, 3594 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Hodgkinson%5FDemographics%5FFedRoleInEdu%5F110108%2Epdf
Lykins & Heyneman (PDF format, 863 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=LykinsHeyneman%5FAustraliaGermanyCanada%5F110108%2Epdf
Kagan & Reid Paper (PDF format, 293 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=KaganReid%5FAdvancingEarlyChildhoodEdu%5F111908%2Epdf
Harvard Family Research Project Paper (PDF format, 752 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=HarvardFamResearch%5FFedRole%5FOut%2Dof%2DSchool%2DLearning%5F020109%2Epdf
Cherian Paper (PDF format, 151 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Cherian%5FFromPlatotoPodcasts%5F030109%2Epdf
Borman Paper (PDF format, 193 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Borman%5FNationalReform%5FAmericasHighPovertySchools%5F030109%2Epdf
Sykes & Dibner (PDF format, 318 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=SykesDibner%5F50Years%2DFedTeacherPolicy%5F030109%2Epdf
Rumberger Paper (PDF format, 714 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Rumberger%5FFedGovtHSPerformance%5F070109%2Epdf
Popham Related Paper (PDF format, 44.6 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Popham%5FRuminationsReNCLB%2DAYP%5F072104%2Epdf
Popham Related Paper - Figure 1 (PDF format, 10.5 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Popham%5FRuminations%2DFigure1%5F072104%2Epdf
Linn Related Paper (PDF format, 26.3 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Linn%5FRethinkingNCLB%5FAccountability%20System%5F072804%2Epdf

CEP Comments on Proposed Requirements for Title I School Improvement Funds

Author(s): CEP
Published: September 30, 2009

On September 24, 2009, the Center on Education Policy submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the proposed requirements for Title I school improvement funds that are provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. CEP's comments are informed by seven years of research on the No Child Left Behind Act, especially detailed work in six states studying their school improvement efforts.

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CEP Comments (PDF format, 1161 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FCommentsSIG%5F093009%2Epdf

Beyond Restructuring: Ohio Retools State Support for High-Need Districts Through Differentiated Accountability

Author(s): Maureen Kelleher
Published: September 3, 2009

This report describes Ohio's efforts to assist schools in restructuring during school year 2008-09 and reports on the state's participation in the NCLB differentiated accountability pilot program.

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Full Report (PDF format, 464 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Kelleher%5FOhioReport%5F090309%2Epdf

Differentiating and Simplifying: Transforming School Restructuring under No Child Left Behind in New York

Author(s): Caitlin Scott, Elizabeth Duffrin, Maureen Kelleher
Published: September 3, 2009

This report describes New York’s efforts to assist schools in restructuring during school year 2008-09 and reports on the state's participation in the NCLB differentiated accountability pilot program.

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Full Report (PDF format, 588 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=ScottDuffrinKelleher%5FNYReport%5F090309%2Epdf

Intensified Support: Changes in School Restructuring in Georgia under the No Child Left Behind Act

Author(s): Elizabeth Duffrin
Published: September 3, 2009

This report describes Georgia's efforts to assist schools in restructuring during school year 2008-09 and reports on the state's participation in the NCLB differentiated accountability pilot program.

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Full Report (PDF format, 1910 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Duffrin%5FGeorgiaReport%5F090309%2Epdf

Mining the Opportunities in Differentiated Accountability: Lessons Learned from the No Child Left Behind Pilots in Four States

Author(s): Caitlin Scott
Published: September 3, 2009

This report examines how four states—Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Ohio—have taken advantage of the flexibility under the Differentiated Accountability Pilot program to help low-performing schools under the No Child Left Behind Act. Launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008, the program allows nine states to vary the intensity and type of intervention they use with struggling schools and focus their resources on those with the greatest needs.

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Full Report (PDF format, 1886 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Scott%5FMiningOpp%5F090309%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 23.3 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FMiningOpp%5F090309%2Epdf

Letter to President Obama

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: August 27, 2009

From January to April 2009, CEP conducted research in Washington State to understand the impact of federal and state accountability policies on curriculum and instruction in high schools. Administrators, teachers, students, and parents were interviewed for the study. At the end of each teacher group interview, CEP researchers asked the teachers: "If you met President Obama in an elevator and had 30 seconds to talk to him about the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), what would you say?" This letter to President Obama summarizes the responses those teachers gave, offering their insights on federal education policy and the issues generally facing education today.

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Letter (PDF format, 448 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Jennings%5FLetterPresidentObama%5F082609%2Epdf

Common Standards Article

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: August 22, 2009

The American School Board Journal (September 2009) contains an article on national or common academic standards written by Jack Jennings, CEP’s president.

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Article (PDF format, 458 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Jennings%5FCommonStandardsArticle%5F082209%2Epdf

CEP on Pennsylvania Test Results

Author(s): CEP
Published: August 19, 2009

On August 19, 2009, Jack Jennings, President of CEP, participated in an event at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to discuss the gains made in the state’s test scores since 2002. The press release appears below with links to the first 2009 CEP state test scores report, and the Pennsylvania profile used for that report.

View "State Test Score Trends Through 2007-08: Part 1 of Report

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Pennsylvania State Data Testing Profile (PDF format, 286 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FPAGeneralTrendsProfile%5F081909%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 19.7 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FCEPonPA%5F081909%2Epdf

Lessons From The Classroom Level: Federal and State Accountability in Washington State

Author(s): Deepa Srikantaiah, Carolyn Moilanen, and Lisa Swayhoover
Published: July 28, 2009

This report takes an in-depth look at how classroom practices have been influenced by No Child Left Behind and related state policies in Washington. Drawn from classroom observations and interviews, the report sheds new light on how teachers, principals, and administrators have responded to the federal school accountability law.

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Full Report (PDF format, 1923 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=SrikantaiahMoilanenSwayhoover%5FFSA%2DWA%5F072809%2Epdf
Press Release (PDF format, 21.8 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FFSA%2DWA%5F072809%2Epdf

State Test Score Trends Through 2007-08, Part 2: Is There a Plateau Effect in Test Scores?

Author(s): Naomi Chudowsky and Victor Chudowsky
Published: July 21, 2009

Many in the research and policy worlds have taken for granted the existence of a phenomenon known as the "plateau effect," wherein test scores rise in the early years of a test-based accountability system and then level off. Drawing from our database of reading and math test results from all 50 states going back as far as 1999, we looked for evidence of a plateau effect in 55 trend lines from 16 states with six to ten years of consistent test data. This report outlines those findings.

View 2007-08 State Profiles and Worksheets 

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Full Report (PDF format, 205 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Chudowsky2Kober%5FSTST07%2D08%5FP2%2DPlateauEffect%5F072109%2Epdf
Media Advisory (PDF format, 24.5 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Media%20Advisory%5FSTST07%2D08%2DPart2%5F072109%2Epdf

State Test Score Trends Through 2007-08, Part 1: Is the Emphasis on Proficiency Shortchanging Higher- and Lower-Achieving Students

Author(s): Naomi Chudowsky, Victor Chudowsky, and Nancy Kober
Published: June 17, 2009

This report is the first in a series of reports describing results from CEP's third annual analysis of state testing data. The report provides an update on student performance at the proficient level of achievement, and for the first time, includes data about student performance at the advanced and basic levels. Also included are profiles for each state, which show trends in reading and math for basic, proficient, and advanced levels in elementary, middle, and high school. The study provides an in-depth look at the full range of student performance in order to better understand whether the No Child Left Behind Act's focus on proficiency has caused teachers to shortchange students at either end of the academic spectrum. **updated July 15, 2009

(Errata outlining the specific changes from the June 17th version of the report are available upon request. Please call or e-mail us at 202-822-8065 or cep-dc@cep-dc.org.)

View 2007-08 State Profiles and Worksheets

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Full Report (PDF format, 358 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Chudowsky2Kober%5FSTST07%2D08%5FP1%2DGeneralAchievementTrends%5F061709%2Epdf
Supplemental Tables (DOC format, 825 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=WebtablesFINAL%2Edoc
Press Release (PDF format, 28.1 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=PressRelease%5FSTST07%2D08%2DPart1%5F061709%2Epdf

Education Week Commentary: Rethinking 'Restructuring'

Author(s): Jack Jennings, Caitlin Scott, and Nancy Kober
Published: May 26, 2009

On May 13, 2009, Education Week featured an article by CEP drawing conclusions from its five years of work reviewing the restructuring of schools required by NCLB. The piece was written by Jack Jennings, Caitlin Scott, and Nancy Kober.

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Article (PDF format, 103 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=JenningsScottKober%5FEdWeek%5F051309%2Epdf

Letter to Secretary Duncan on Stimulus Package Issues

Author(s): CEP
Published: May 24, 2009

On May 19, 2009, CEP sent this letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan outlining the major issues raised in our April 30, 2009 forum regarding the early implementation of the economic stimulus package as it affects states and school districts. 

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Letter (PDF format, 1170 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CEP%5FLetterToSecretaryDuncan%5F052409%2Epdf

Guest Editorial in the Tucson Citizen

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: May 24, 2009

On May 14, 2009, the Tucson Citizen published this guest editorial from CEP that addresses Arizona's high school exam policies for alternate paths for graduation and the state's testing policy for high school students who are learning English. The newspaper invited Jack Jennings and Ying Zhang to write this editorial because of research CEP conducted in five Arizona high schools. This research resulted in two reports, Conflicts Between State Policy and School Practice: Learning from Arizona's Experience with High School Exam Policies and Caught in the Middle: Arizona's English Language Learners and the High School Exit Exam, which are posted on the CEP Web site under the "High School Exit Examinations" tab.

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Article (PDF format, 490 KB) * Direct link: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Jennings%5FTucsonCitizenLetter%5F052409%2Epdf

CEP Forum 5 on Rethinking the Federal Role: Economic Stimulus Package

Author(s): CEP
Published: April 30, 2009

On April 30, 2009, CEP convened a forum to discuss the impact of the economic stimulus funds on the federal role in elementary and secondary education. Speakers included Jeff Simering of the Council of the Great City Schools; Mary Kusler of the American Association of School Administrators; Dane Linn of the National Governors Association; Deborah Rigsby of the National School Boards Association; and Gene Wilhoit of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Presenters addressed two questions: how are the education funds in the economic stimulus package now being spent, and will there be any effect on the future federal role in elementary and secondary education as a result of the stimulus package? Below are links to the written and audio transcripts of the meeting.

Audio transcript of this meeting

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Big Money for School Improvement: Title I School Improvement Funds Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations

Author(s): CEP
Published: April 13, 2009

States and school districts will receive an unprecedented amount of funding -- more than $4.5 billion -- in the coming months targeted at providing extra assistance to schools that have failed to meet achievement targets under the No Child Left Behind Act. This report outlines how the Title I school improvement funds are distributed to school districts and what types of activities those funds can support.

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Conflicts Between State Policy and School Practice: Learning from Arizona’s Experience with High School Exam Policies

Author(s): Ying Zhang
Published: April 7, 2009

This report looks at how local educators perceive and act on state policies designed to help at-risk students and English language learners achieve the levels of proficiency needed to pass state high school exit examinations and graduate. Our findings are based on data from school observations and interviews with more than 50 school administrators, teachers, and other school staff in Arizona.

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Expanding Restructuring and Taking on High Schools: An NCLB Follow-up Report in Michigan

Author(s): Caitlin Scott
Published: April 2, 2009

This report describes Michigan's efforts to assist schools in restructuring during school year 2008-09 and reports on the state's implementation of a growth model to measure student performance for purposes of accountability. 

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Looking For New Ways to Make Progress: School Restructuring in Maryland, 2008-09 Follow-Up Report

Author(s): Brenda Neuman-Sheldon
Published: April 2, 2009

This report describes Maryland's efforts to assist schools in restructuring during school year 2008-09 and reports on the state's participation in the NCLB differentiated accountability pilot program.

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Top Down, Bottom Up: California Districts in Corrective Action and Schools in Restructuring under NCLB

Author(s): Caitlin Scott
Published: April 2, 2009

This report describes California's efforts to assist schools in restructuring during school year 2008-09 and reports on the state's expanded approach to technical assistance, which includes public as well as private providers.

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Public Schools

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: March 19, 2009

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the economic stimulus package, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This law provides an unprecedented amount of federal funding for education. This summary describes the key components of the ARRA and discusses some of the implementation issues that are not yet decided.

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Who Gets Title I Funds From the Economic Stimulus Package?

Author(s): Tom Fagan
Published: March 19, 2009

This CEP report examines the Title I funding provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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CEP Annual Report, 2008

Author(s): CEP
Published: February 24, 2009

The Center on Education Policy has issued a report on its activities for the calendar year 2008. This report also describes the Center's plans for 2009 and shows CEP's overall impact.

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Summary: Lessons from the Classroom Level about Federal and State Accountability in Rhode Island and Illinois

Author(s): CEP
Published: February 6, 2009

In the winter of 2008, the Center on Education Policy released reports examining the impact of national and state accountability systems on curriculum, instruction, and student achievement in Rhode Island and Illinois. Using classroom observations and interviews with school administrators, instructional specialists, teachers, parents, and students, CEP developed case studies of 12 schools in the two states. This report summarizes the common findings across the two states and discusses findings that were unique to each state.

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