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Plank, Stephen B.; Condliffe, Barbara Falk – American Educational Research Journal, 2013
High-stakes tests are the most heavily weighted measures in accountability systems developed in response to No Child Left Behind. While some studies show high-stakes accountability being related to test score gains, others suggest these policies do not improve achievement and often result in unintended consequences. To understand mechanisms…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Educational Quality, Federal Legislation
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Brown, Abigail B.; Clift, Jack W. – American Educational Research Journal, 2010
The authors report insights, based on annual site visits to elementary and middle schools in three states from 2004 to 2006, into the incentive effect of the No Child Left Behind Act's requirement that increasing percentages of students make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in every public school. They develop a framework, drawing on the physics…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Middle Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement