Published Online: August 25, 2009
Published in Print: August 26, 2009, as NCLB Impacts

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"Going Down With the Ship? The Effect of School Accountability on the Distribution of Teacher Experience in California"

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In a study of California schoolsRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader, David P. Sims, an economics professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, examined the effect that having enough students to constitute a “subgroup” under the federal No Child Left Behind Act had on a school’s ability to make adequate yearly progress and the resulting impact on teacher turnover.

Mr. Sims found that schools with enough Hispanic or black students to be counted as a separate subgroup were less likely to meet AYP under the NCLB law and to lose experienced teachers after failure is made public.

His study was among those recently released at a conference hosted by the Washington-based Urban Institute’s National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research and the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University.

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