Monday, June 5, 2017
Focus School reforms had no measurable impact on school performancE
States that received federal waivers to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act were required to implement reforms in designated "Focus Schools" that contribute to achievement gaps.
This study examines the performance effects of such "differentiated accountability" reforms in the state of Louisiana. The Focus School reforms in Louisiana emphasized school-needs assessments and aligned technical assistance. These state reforms may have also been uniquely high-powered because they were linked to a new letter-based school-rating system.
Over each of three years, Louisiana's Focus School reforms had no measurable impact on school performance.