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This brief examines critical issues that charter schools and their authorizers will face as states respond to the No Child Left Behind Act's (NCLB) new accountability provisions. The first section provides a context for the NCLB and summarizes its major accountability provisions, discussing timelines for states to put these systems into place and describing the new federal definition of adequate yearly progress. The second section describes key tensions or challenges between NCLB's requirements and existing powers and practices of authorizers. Challenges include measuring school performance and setting the bar, potential misalignments of timelines, and measuring the performance of at risk students. The third section discusses how states and authorizers might respond to these new demands and describes how value-added analysis could be a helpful component in authorizer accountability systems. The brief concludes that many issues raised by charter school leaders will be important for traditional public schools as well; NCLB provides states enough latitude for authorizers to oversee charter schools in a fair and transparent way; and it is not clear whether the act's prescribed consequences for poor performance will take precedence over the terms of a given authorizer's preexisting charters or contracts. A timeline for corrective action is attached. (SM)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Charter Schools, Disabilities, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, High Risk Students, Minority Group Children

New American Schools, Education Performance Network, 675 N. Washington St., Suite 220, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-647-1657; Fax: 703-647-1700; e-mail: info[at]nasdc.org; Web site: htto://www.nasdc.org.









Author: Herdman, Paul A.; Smith, Nelson; Skinner, Cynthia

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5800&id=ED470550



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