Spellings Creates Pilot Project to Differentiate Consequences

March 18, 2008 1 min read

Ten states will get the opportunity to restructure their intervention in schools that aren’t making AYP under the “differentiated accountability” proposal Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced this morning in St. Paul, Minn.

The Department of Education will set up a peer review process to evaluate states’ proposals to provide consequences based on how close they are to making their AYP goals, with schools that are farthest away getting the most dramatic interventions. Spelling said the process will be “very similar” to the one in which the department evaluated the growth model pilot program.

In her speech, Spellings said the department would favor states that “have been pioneers for reform,” identifying Maryland, North Dakota, Louisiana, and South Dakota as such states.

Here is a fact sheet on the pilot project. An here is an Associated Press story based on an interview with Spellings that was written before this morning’s speech.

Updates to come later today.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.