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Winter 2007 Vol. 15 No. 2 Focus on No Child Left Behind

Restructuring process looms for up to 70 schools

Photo: Harvey Finkle
By by Paul Socolar

Measured by No Child Left Behind and “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP), the Jay Cooke Elementary School in Logan is definitely not a success story.

This former middle school, now K-8, has never made AYP. This year it fell short on seven of its eight performance targets measuring proficiency in reading and math.

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What is Corrective Action II?

Under the No Child Left Behind law, schools enter "Corrective Action" status when they fail to make "Adequate Yearly Progress" (AYP) for four years.

Schools that fail to make AYP for a fifth year move into "Corrective Action II," subjecting them to the most stringent remedies under the law.

How many schools are in Corrective Action II?

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Corrective Action II high achievers?

The Corrective Action II label can be misinterpreted as meaning that the school has shown no progress for five years or is extremely low performing. But there are indications of student progress and achievement at many of Philadelphia's Corrective Action II schools:

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A law that has shaped education like no law before

By by Dale Mezzacappa

Since No Child Left Behind was enacted more than five years ago, education in the United States – not to mention the education debate – has not been the same.

Technically, the law is the 2002 version of the 42-year-old federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with a catchy new name. But it is much more than that.

To an unprecedented degree, NCLB has expanded the reach of the federal government into local education policy and has driven what happens in classrooms, schools and districts like no law before it.

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