Check out the two reports cited in this article:
"State Systems of Support Under NCB: Design Components and Quality Considerations"
"Help Wanted: State Capacity for School Improvement"
By Michele McNeil| Ed Week
September 24, 2008
Nearly seven years after the No Child Left Behind Act became law, two-thirds of state education departments report that they don’t have adequate capacity to help low-performing schools, says a study released last week by the American Institutes for Research.
The AIR study reinforces what earlier research and anecdotal evidence from chief state school officers have found: State departments are struggling to meet the technical requirements of the law and to provide help to struggling schools in the face of shrinking budgets and staff limitations.
The federal law, which establishes the goal of making every student proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014, relies on states to set up testing and accountability systems and support schools that fail to make “adequate yearly progress” targets and are labeled as needing improvement.
Strengths and Constraints
Officials in 39 states saw limited stafﬁng as constraining their capacity to support schools labeled as needing improvement.
SOURCE: American Institutes for Research
Vol. 28, Issue 05, Page 10