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Pushing Forward on Accountability

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States are still in the process of putting in place the testing and accountability systems required by the No Child Left Behind Act. To date, only half the states have had their tests fully approved under the prior reauthorization of the law.

Pushing Forward on Accountability
STATE Accountability plan fully approved by the U.S. Department of Education Accountability plan fully approved by state board/legislature Status of state assessment system under 1994 ESEA State will test grades 3-8 and high school in reading and math (2003-04) 3
Alabama submit additional information yes compliance agreement yes
Alaska submit final regulations yes decision pending yes
Arizona submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through August 2003) yes
Arkansas submit additional information yes Approved no
California submit final regulations yes timeline waiver (through November 2003) yes
Colorado submit additional information yes Approved 2 no
Connecticut yes yes Approved no
Delaware submit additional information yes Approved yes
District of Columbia submit additional information expected December 2003 compliance agreement yes
Florida yes 1 yes decision pending yes
Georgia submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through June 2003) yes
Hawaii yes yes decision pending no
Idaho submit final regulations yes compliance agreement yes
Illinois yes yes Approved no
Indiana submit additional information yes Approved 2 yes
Iowa submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through November 2003) no
Kansas yes yes Approved no
Kentucky submit additional information expected December 2003 Approved no
Louisiana submit additional information yes Approved yes
Maine submit final regulations in progress Approved no
Maryland yes yes Approved 2 yes
Massachusetts submit additional information yes Approved no
Michigan submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through February 2003) no
Minnesota submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through January 2004) no
Mississippi yes yes decision pending yes
Missouri yes yes Approved no
Montana submit additional information yes compliance agreement no
Nebraska submit additional information yes decision pending no
Nevada submit additional information yes decision pending no
New Hampshire submit additional information yes Approved no
New Jersey yes yes decision pending no
New Mexico submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through November 2003) yes
New York submit final regulations yes Approved 2 no
North Carolina submit additional information yes Approved yes
North Dakota yes yes decision pending no
Ohio submit final regulations yes timeline waiver (through Jan. 22, 2004) no
Oklahoma submit additional information yes decision pending no
Oregon yes yes Approved no
Pennsylvania submit additional information ? Approved no
Rhode Island submit additional information yes Approved no
South Carolina submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through June 2003) yes
South Dakota submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through June 2003) yes
Tennessee submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through Fall 2003) yes
Texas yes yes Approved 2 yes
Utah submit additional information yes Approved yes
Vermont submit additional information yes Approved no
Virginia yes 1 yes Approved no
Washington yes yes Approved no
West Virginia submit final regulations yes compliance agreement yes
Wisconsin submit additional information yes timeline waiver (through 2002-03 school year) no
Wyoming yes yes Approved 2 no
U.S. TOTAL 13 47 25 21
1 July 2003 letters to 6 states (Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming) indicated that state accountability plans would be approved by the U.S. Department of Education as long as state confirmed mutual understanding on issues related to proper counting of high school graduates, report card, limited-English-proficient, or special education policies. As of Dec. 1, 2003, the Department had not yet fully approved accountability plans for Florida or Virginia. Those states are not counted in the column total.
2 State assessment system was approved by the U.S. Department of Education under the 1994 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act, but is in need of additional peer review because of changes made to the system since that approval.
3 Not all of the 20 states and the District of Columbia that receive credit for testing in grades 3-8 and high school administer standards-based tests in any or all of those grades or use a consistent test from grade to grade.
Source: U.S. Department of Education and Education Week's annual state policy survey, 2003.



Vol. 23, Issue 15, Page 17

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