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Topic: Accountability

Helping School Leaders Address Blind Spots

Helping School Leaders Address Blind Spots

Accreditors dig deep into data on all aspects of performance. We review key documents and plans, and conduct detailed surveys, interviews, and observations of crucial aspects of schooling that affect student learning. We spend multiple days on site and get a glimpse, up close and personal, of what is working... Read the full article >
Designing State Accountability Systems for Continuous School Improvement: A Call to Action

Designing State Accountability Systems for Continuous School Improvement: A Call to Action

Over the past 60 years, we as a nation have sought to improve our education system and focus on equity, excellence, school choice, and standards and accountability.[1] Each wave of reform has been led by different combinations of leaders and stakeholders: government officials, educators, parents, and activists (focused on equity);... Read the full article >
A New Approach to Accountability for a New Era

A New Approach to Accountability for a New Era

Section 2 of 10. It empowers policymakers to take a critical look at all aspects of the school that influence learning by requiring public reporting on outcomes and opportunities to learn for all students, including per-pupil expenditures, access to rigorous coursework, and measures of school climate. More importantly, the law... Read the full article >
California’s Accountability System Shows the Way

California’s Accountability System Shows the Way

Section 8 of 10. Not long ago, California used test scores as a single measure to identify progress, but policymakers sought to eliminate the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) system. When lawmakers adopted a new funding system, the state contracted with a research organization to develop new measures and rubrics.... Read the full article >
Changing the Role of the State Education Agency (SEA)

Changing the Role of the State Education Agency (SEA)

Section 9 of 10. America must be courageous and create a system of accountability that is not punitive but instead is learner centric and focused on continuous improvement. In this system, failure is an opportunity for learning and collaboration. Outside forces do not dictate action. Local improvement measures (about school... Read the full article >
Establishing a State Framework for Continuous Improvement Accountability

Establishing a State Framework for Continuous Improvement Accountability

Section 7 of 10. Instead of modifying or improving on existing systems, states should take the opportunity under the Every Student Succeeds Act to acknowledge lessons learned, wipe the slate clean and envision a forward-thinking education system. Defining Purpose and Direction To map out the parameters of a new system,... Read the full article >
Moving to a Next-Generation Accountability System

Moving to a Next-Generation Accountability System

Section 3 of 10. Expedience should not lead us to recreate what we had or choose indicators based on what is easiest to measure. We need to create a system that gathers information about all aspects of what schools do (from teaching and learning to resource allocation to governance), reveals... Read the full article >
CEO Message

CEO Message

Under the era of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) accountability, too much focus was placed on a single measure—student assessment. Rather than sparking higher performance for all students, schools focused on low-performing students, and federally mandated sanctions were used to punish students and teachers alike. The performance gap widened as... Read the full article >
A Call to Action: What Key Leaders and Stakeholders Can Do

A Call to Action: What Key Leaders and Stakeholders Can Do

Section 10 of 10. SEAs should begin the conversation about what the new approach to accountability should entail. By framing continuous improvement accountability as a desired long-term strategy that can be built together over time, SEAs can use the ESSA as a framework to inject new ideas, encourage collaboration, and... Read the full article >
Continuous Improvement and Accountability

Continuous Improvement and Accountability

Section 4 of 10. Though continuous improvement processes are not new in education practice, they are relatively new in the state policy arena. In the past, state-level strategies for improving educational outcomes at the school and system levels were driven by federal and state requirements and centered largely on the... Read the full article >