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Validity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials

Author(s)Robin Taylor, J.P. Beaudoin, Bill Auty, Pete Goldschmidt, Rolf Blank, Andra Williams
Publication dateJune 2006
publication pdfValidity Threats: Detection and Control Practices for State and Local Education Officials

The passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) required all states to implement or revise accountability and reporting systems using a set of business rules prescribed within the statute. For most states, existing structures required significant redesign to address both state reform efforts and federal regulations. This paper identifies a set of standardized techniques to improve the quality of accountability results. These techniques are imbedded in an improvement process that includes six generic steps: (1) examining current practices, (2) identifying priorities, (3) developing intervention plans, (4) monitoring implementation, (5) evaluating impact, and (6) revising procedures.