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Statewide Educational Accountability under the NCLB Act—A Report on 2005 Amendments to State Plans

Publication dateJanuary 2006
publication pdfStatewide Educational Accountability under the NCLB Act—A Report on 2005 Amendments to State Plans
KeywordsIndicators-State Education; Standard, Assessments, & Accountability; Data Systems; No Child Left Behind/ESEA

This report summarizes requests submitted by states in 2004-2005 to amend their educational accountability plans under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the decisions of the U. S. Department of Education (ED). This report is the third in a series of papers describing the development and amendment of state accountability plans, and is a cross-state analysis of the types of changes to accountability systems that were requested by states.

During the 2004-2005 school year, states requested a wide range of amendments to state accountability plans and ED showed willingness to grant flexibility in implementation of the NCLB accountability provisions in some areas. The types of most commonly approved amendments to state accountability plans in 2005 were identifying school districts for improvement only when adequate yearly progress (AYP) is not made in the same subject in elementary, middle, and high school levels for two consecutive school years; use of end-of-course assessments at the high school level; changing the definition of "Graduation Rate"; averaging participation rates across two or three years and excluding students who miss assessments due to medical emergencies; applying confidence intervals to AYP determinations, including safe harbor; use of "modified" achievement standards for AYP determinations with students with disabilities subgroups; and implementing ED flexibility regarding the assessment of English language learners.

Contact:Kimberly  Rhodeskimberlyr@ccsso.org202-312-6865