ESEA Accountability - Adequate Yearly Progress
In short, States are held accountable and are required to hold local education agencies (LEA’s) accountable for developing standards and putting systems in place to ensure that students are able to meet or exceed those standards. States and LEA’s are to prove they’ve done so by assessing the students. The “or else” comes in the form of sanctions against the state, districts (LEAs), and schools, however, the worst a State can be sanctioned is the loss of funds; schools, and their employees, can suffer worse fates. We have already discussed Standards and Assessments in separate briefing papers. The remaining major aspects of Accountability are discussed in individual papers as well. Again, the actual language of the law is extensive.
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