High-Stakes Testing and Student Achievement: Problems for the No Child Left Behind Act

Institutions: University of Texas-San Antonio and Arizona State University

Source: Education Policy Studies Laboratory

Using several analyses of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test data from 25 states, a link between pressures associated with high-stakes testing and student achievement could not be established. The results of this research suggest that increases in testing pressure are related to increased retention in grade and drop-out rates.