Authors: Urban Institute
May 6, 2003
Urban Institute
This is a First Tuesdays Transcript on the No Child Left Behind Act, which was hailed a year ago as a bipartisan success and a promising way to promote student performance and eliminate achievement gaps. Since then, states and school districts have increasingly focused on implementing the accountability systems required by the legislation. Achievement testing lies at the heart of the new law, but high schools are also held accountable for student graduation rates. At this First Tuesdays forum, panelists discussed the origins of this often-overlooked provision, reviewed how states are approaching the task of measuring graduation rates, and addressed the broader consequences that state decisions may have for educational accountability.
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