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Estimating the Effects of No Child Left Behind on Teachers' Work Environments and Job Attitudes
American Educational Research Assn.

Several recent studies have examined the impacts of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on school operations and student achievement. This complements that work by investigating the law’s impacts on teachers’ perceptions of their work environments and related job attitudes, including satisfaction and commitment to remain in teaching. Related storyIntroduction. (June 2014)

Maintaining a Focus on Subgroups in an Era of Elementary and Secondary Education Act Waivers
Campaign for High School Equity

This raises serious questions about state accountability plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver program of the U.S. DOE —including whether the use of “super subgroups” could lead to fewer students of color receiving the supports and interventions they need to succeed in school.http://www.boston.com/news/education/2013/08/26/study-waivers-leave-behind-risk-students/fAwUb8MbWrbu2LQhKyUuwN/story.html Additional information. (August 2013)

ESEA Renewal: Exploring the Proposals
Education Week

Congressional Republicans and Democrats are at work on competing proposals to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the current version of which is the No Child Left Behind Act. (August 2013)

'Personalized Learning' Varies for Race to Top Districts
Education Week

The 16 Race to the Top district winners, pushed by $400 million in federal grants that put a premium on personalized learning, are embarking on vastly different makeovers of the classroom experience. (March 2013)

States’ Perspectives on Waivers: Relief from NCLB, Concern about Long-term Solutions
Center of Education Policy

This report describes states’ early experiences in applying for flexibility from key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as NCLB waivers, and their plans for implementing the new systems outlined in their applications. Related story. (March 2013)

The Effect of ESEA Waiver Plans on High School Graduation Rate Accountability
Alliance for Excellent Education

This extensive analysis shows that recent progress in holding schools accountable for how many students they graduate from high school—the ultimate goal of K–12 education—may be slowed in some states based on waivers. Related story. (February 2013)

A Step Forward or a Step Back? State Accountability in the Waiver Era
Education Trust

This analysis shows, while some states adopted innovative strategies to raise achievement for all groups of children, what many proposed to do instead turns back the clock to a time when our national commitment to closing achievement gaps and improving outcomes for all students was little more than lip service. Related storySecond story.  Ed Trust introduction. (February 2013)

Revisiting the Impact of NCLB High-Stakes School Accountability, Capacity and Resources - State NAEP 1990 - 2009 Reading and Math Achievement Gaps and Trends
Education Commission of the States

This study updates and revisits earlier evaluations of the NCLB policy's impact with regard to progress toward the goal of improving proficiency for all students and narrowing student achievement gaps. (September 2012)

Incentives and Responses Under No Child Left Behind: Credible Threats and the Role of Competition
National Center for the Study of Privatization

This paper looks at the responses of schools that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under NCLB. Did these schools then focus on high-stakes subjects (English and math, part of AYP computations) and shift away from low-stakes subjects (PEN)? (June 2012)

No Child Left Behind and Parental Engagement
thenotebook

Few would quarrel with the goal of increasing parents' and families' engagement in education in the name of school improvement. But there's far less consensus on what that engagement should look like - and on how educators and policymakers should be promotin it. (Apri 2012)

NCLB Turns 10 - Perspectives
Education Week

Ten years after President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law on Jan. 8, 2002, NCLB is now overdue for reauthorizatio in Congress. (January 2012)

NCLB In Georgia

How Educators in Three States (Georgia) Are Responding to Standards-Based Accountability Under NCLB
The Rand Corporation

According to this three-year study, majorities of elementary and middle school science and math teachers in all three states (including Georgia) report in surveys that they are making positive changes in the classroom by focusing on their states' academic standards or searching for better teaching methods.  (June 2007)