Education news, analysis, and opinion about efforts by governments, officials, and advocates to hold schools accountable for success or improvement.
- Accountability What the Research Says What Should Schools Do to Build on 20 Years of NCLB Data?The education law yielded a cornucopia of student information, but not scalable turnaround for schools, an analysis finds.Accountability Education Secretary: Standardized Tests Should No Longer Be a 'Hammer'But states won't ease accountability requirements until federal law tells them to do so, policy experts say.Accountability Timeline: How Federal School Accountability Has Waxed and WanedFrom its origins in the 1990s to the most-recent tack, see how the federal approach to accountability has shifted.Accountability School Accountability Is Restarting After a Two-Year Pause. Here's What That MeansFor a moment, the COVID-19 pandemic succeeded in doing what periodic protests about school accountability couldn't: Halting it.Accountability Opinion Let's Take a Holistic Approach to Judging SchoolsParents wouldn't judge their kids based on a single factor. So, says Ron Berger of EL Education, why must schools use a lone test score?Accountability Opinion Are K-12 State Tests Like a Visit to the Pediatrician?Even if the doctor’s trip isn’t pleasant, at least parents get something out of it they believe is worthwhile.Accountability Opinion What Does the Future Hold for School Accountability?Testing and accountability advocates have an opportunity to think anew about how to make the case for testing.Accountability Opinion The Pandemic Disrupted Testing. States Should Seize Untapped Accountability OpportunitiesUnder the Every Student Succeeds Act, states have more freedom to revamp their testing and accountability systems than they did under NCLB.Accountability States Make It Hard to Tell How Much Schools Are Spending, Report SaysThe vast majority of states aren't publishing spending data in a visually appealing or comprehensive way, according to EdTrust.Accountability Did Washington D.C.'s Education Overhaul Help Black Children? This Study Says YesResearchers said the district's "market-based" reforms accelerated achievement versus other districts and states.Accountability Opinion What Next-Gen Accountability Can Learn From No Child Left BehindAs we ponder what's next for accountability and assessment, we’d benefit from checking the rearview mirror more attentively and more often.Accountability Opinion Let’s Make Transparency the Pandemic’s Educational LegacyTransparency can strengthen school communities, allow parents to see what’s happening, and provide students more of the support they need.Accountability The Feds Offered Waivers on ESSA Accountability. Here's Where States Stand on Getting ThemWhile they get less attention than testing waivers, flexibility related to low-performing schools is an important federal and state issue.Accountability Opinion Absenteeism Is the Wrong Student Engagement Metric to Use Right NowIn a post-pandemic era for school accountability, let’s focus on measuring what matters.Accountability Biden Education Team Squashes States' Push to Nix All Tests but Approves Other FlexibilityThe department has telegraphed its decision to deny states' requests to cancel federally mandated tests for weeks.