Thesis Title

No Child Left Behind in California: Accountability for Studetn Proficiency

Graduation Date

Spring 2004

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


According to President George W. Bush, no child should be left behind in education. By the year 2014, 100% of students are expected to score proficient or higher on their state’s standards-based tests in language arts and math. The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore whether or not the state of California can meet the requirement of 100% student proficiency. Elected school board members were interviewed about their opinions on the accountability portion of No Child Left Behind. They, along with other researchers, have serious doubts about whether a state as diverse as California will be able to meet the proficiency requirement of the law.

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