05.17.06

Burr Applauds North Carolina’s Selection for Growth Model Pilot

NC one of only two states approved to use growth-based school accountability model under No Child Left Behind

Washington, D.C. - Senator Richard Burr today applauded North Carolina's selection by the U.S. Department of Education to pilot a growth-based school accountability model under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). North Carolina is one of only two states chosen to participate in this pilot program this year. Tennessee was also selected.

In November 2005, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced this pilot program which allows qualified states to propose the use of accountability growth models under NCLB. Growth-based models give schools and districts credit for improvements in student academic achievement by tracking the achievement of individual students from year to year.

"I am pleased North Carolina was selected to participate in this growth-based pilot program," Burr said. "As a result of the State's exceptional history in the areas of education standards, assessments, and accountability, North Carolina has once again shown itself to be a leader and innovator in standards-based school reform."

North Carolina qualified to participate in this pilot program because of its strong and rigorous assessment and accountability system and because it meets the bright line principles of NCLB by ensuring all students, regardless of background, achieve proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2013-2014; establishing high expectations for low-achieving students, including all students in the State's assessment and accountability systems; and holding schools and districts accountable for the achievement of student subgroups.

By participating in this pilot growth-based accountability program, North Carolina will be able to provide valuable information to Congress and the Department of Education on how accountability growth models compare to the current adequate yearly progress model under No Child Left Behind. This information will be invaluable as Congress begins consideration of the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.

"It is important we do all we can to ensure all students in North Carolina reach high academic standards, regardless of background. The high standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act have challenged schools to identify and address long-standing achievement gaps and to reform instruction so all children's educational needs are met," Burr added.

Senator Burr is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

For more information go to https://www.burr.senate.gov

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