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01/14/14

All 50 States Now Using Testing or Student Performance for School Accountability

Education Week (01/14/14) Ujifusa, Andrew

Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Education Commission of the States found that the metric experiencing the largest growth in states' school accountability policies was the use of graduation rates. The number of states using graduation rates in their accountability policies has increased fivefold, but the number of states using "education or employment after high school" as a metric has fallen from four to three. Meanwhile, states have increasingly begun using student test scores, other forms of achievement, and the performance of the lowest-performing 25 percent of students in schools as measures of accountability.
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