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Holding NCLB Accountable

Holding NCLB Accountable
Achieving Accountability, Equity, & School Reform

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December 2007 | 280 pages | Corwin

"This text offers valuable information for understanding the intent of NCLB, the positive effects of the legislation, the shortcomings of NCLB as currently authorized, and specific recommendations for improvements."
—Dolores Gribouski, Principal
Columbus Park Elementary School, Worcester, MA

A provocative examination of NCLB and how it can be improved.

The pending reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has generated a spirited debate among educators. In this volume, a team of noted education scholars assess NCLB's performance-based system and the challenges of improving NCLB in order to meet the goals of the law.

This edited resource by Gail L. Sunderman provides a comprehensive evaluation of NCLB and discusses options for modifying the legislation. With contributions from Gary Orfield, Linda Darling-Hammond, Catherine Snow, Robert Linn, and Daniel Koretz, among others, Holding NCLB Accountable examines the themes of capacity, accountability, school reform, and the law's impact on educating all students, especially those from low-income and diverse backgrounds. This groundbreaking work assesses the efficacy of NCLB test-based accountability and responds to critical questions such as: 

  • How do we develop assessments and accountability systems that assist rather than interfere with educational progress?
  • How do we promote change without being counterproductive?
  • How do we create a viable educational agenda that is mindful of state and local capacity?

Presenting a range of perspectives, the contributors identify how to revise NCLB in ways that will mitigate the negative aspects of the law and promote the conditions necessary for meaningful student learning.

About the Editor
About the Contributors
Part I. NCLB and Accountability
Daniel Koretz
1. The Pending Reauthorization of NCLB: An Opportunity to Rethink the Basic Strategy
Robert L. Linn
2. Toward a More Effective Definition of Adequate Yearly Progress
Mindy L. Kornhaber
3. Beyond Standardization in School Accountability
Michael J. Kieffer, Nonie K. Lesaux, Catherine E. Snow
4. Promises and Pitfalls: Implications of No Child Left Behind for Defining, Assessing, and Serving English Language Learners
Part II. Evidence on How NCLB Is Working
Jaekyung Lee
5. Tracking Achievement Gaps and Assessing the Impact of NCLB on the Gaps: An In-Depth Look Into National and State Reading and Math Outcome Trends
Walter M. Haney
6. Evidence on Education Under NCLB (and How Florida Boosted NAEP Scores and Reduced the Race Gap)
Part III. State Capacity to Implement NCLB
Goodwin Liu
7. Interstate Inequality in Educational Opportunity
Gail L. Sunderman, Gary Orfield
8. Massive Responsibilities and Limited Resources: The State Response
Heinrich Mintrop
9. Low-Performing Schools Programs and State Capacity Requirements: Meeting the NCLB Educational Goals
Part IV. NCLB: Impact on School Reform and Effects on Minority Students and Schools
Linda Darling-Hammond
10. No Child Left Behind and High School Reform
Willis D. Hawley
11. No Child Left Behind and Continuous School Improvement
Robert Balfanz, Nettie Legters
12. No Child Left Behind and Reforming the Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools: Help, Hindrance, or Unrealized Potential?
Russell W. Rumberger
13. Reforming High Schools to Reduce Dropout Rates
Gail L. Sunderman

“An important contribution to the field.”

Nora Friedman, Principal
South Grove Elementary School, Syosset, NY

“This text offers valuable information for understanding the intent of NCLB, the positive effects of the legislation, the shortcomings of NCLB as currently authorized, and specific recommendations for improvements.”

Dolores Gribouski, Principal
Columbus Park Elementary School, Worcester, MA

"Useful, timely, and enlightening. A good compilation of well-researched articles that need to be read by the field."

Bonnie Tryon, Principal
Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY

It was adopted for last winter's class. It was current and may be the last NCLB book I use as reauthorization is upon us, but this was a paperback and up-to-date, readable book.

Dr Barbara Cherem
Educational Admin , University of Michigan - Flint
July 11, 2011
Key features
  • A no-nonsense resource that helps educators and policymakers make sense of NCLB today
  • Identifies ways that NCLB can improve
  • All contributions based on original research 
  • New work from some of the top names in school reform and equity 

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