Accountability Moving Beyond Math, Reading Tests

It may be that state waivers for NCLB will expand the math and reading-driven curriculum beyond the basics. A strange and unexpected turn in the story. — Kelly Searsmith

by Erik W. Robelen / Education Week / 24 April 2012

As states seek waivers under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, one effect may be to chip away at the dominance reading and math have had when it comes to school accountability.

Many state waiver applications include plans to factor test scores in one or more additional subjects into their revised accountability systems. Seven of the 11 states that won waivers in the first round intend to do so, and about a dozen of those that applied in the second round have the same intent.

Science is the most popular choice, followed by writing and social studies.

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