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Expanded Measures of School Performance
The Rand Foundation

May, 2011

Debate continues over the basis by which public schools are deemed to perform adequately
under the federal accountability system, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The question at the
center of the debate is which aspects of schooling should inform those determinations—only
the percentage of students taking and scoring proficient or higher on standardized math and
reading exams, or a broader set of measures about other domains of schooling? If the latter,
what are the right categories, and should they inform school accountability decisions? Further,
should the federal government mandate, encourage, or leave it to states to decide whether
schools should employ a broader set of measures?

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