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NEPC Review: High-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB (Thomas B. Fordham Institute, June 2008)

A recent report from the Fordham Institute considers potential instructional policies for high-achieving students that should be considered in the forthcoming reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. The report finds: 1) achievement growth among high-achieving students has been slower than that of low-achieving students; 2) this trend can be traced to state accountability practices; and 3) teachers would support new policies targeted to high achievers. This review examines several premises of the report’s conclusions, both implicit and explicit. It concludes that evidence regarding the effects of accountability is inconsistent. It also concludes that teachers have a more nuanced view of allocating resources to high- and low-achievers than is recognized in the report.

Suggested Citation: Camilli, G. (2008). Review of “High-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB.” Boulder and Tempe: Education and the Public Interest Center & Education Policy Research Unit. Retrieved [date] from

Document Reviewed:

High-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB

Tom Loveless, Steve Farkas, & Ann Duffett
Thomas B. Fordham Institute