The Center on
Education Policy (CEP) has just released a new report on how teachers and
school administrators in Illinois have responded to No Child Left
Behind and state accountability policies.
According to the press release, elementaries are more affected by NCLB than high schools, and some of the effects include curriculum narrowing, test preparation.
"Using findings from formal classroom
observations and more than 150 interviews in a sample of six different
schools, the report sheds new light on how teachers and administrators
have responded to federal and state education policies.
study also found that teachers in schools identified for improvement
under NCLB were less likely than those in higher-achieving schools to
use a wider range of instructional practices, such as hands-on
activities, student seat work, reading aloud, and learning centers.
However, teachers in these identified schools were more likely than
those in higher-achieving schools to model how to solve problems and
oversee small-group instruction.
As with other CEP reports, it's important to note that the findings are based in large part on the reports of teachers and administrators, whose assessments of the effects of NCLB may not be complete or accurate.
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