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Beyond No Child Left Behind: Value-Added Assessment of Student Progress

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Publication Date: October 2008

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Jesus Loredo; D. Sean Shurtleff

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)
Education (Teaching methods)

Keywords: education; value-added; student progress; assessment

Type: Brief


The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires each state to evaluate every public school annually, and to make adequate yearly progress toward helping all students meet or exceed state standards in reading and math by 2014. However, each state defines its progress and creates its own tests. Most states measure academic achievement based on pass-fail tests that require students to attain a minimum score.