Education news, analysis, and opinion about efforts by governments, officials, and advocates to hold schools accountable for success or improvement.
- 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.Accountability Explainer Will There Be Standardized Tests This Year? 8 Questions AnsweredEducators want to know: Will the exams happen? If so, what will they look like, and how will the results be used?Accountability Opinion What Should School Accountability Look Like in a Time of COVID-19?Remote learning is not like in person, and after nine months of it, data are revealing how harmful COVID-19 has been to children's learning.Accountability State Schools Chiefs Push Biden for Wiggle Room on Accountability During PandemicState schools chiefs say it's necessary to change how they use scores from mandated annual tests during the unprecedented disruption created by the coronavirus pandemic.Accountability Could Biden Find a Middle Path on Student Testing During the Pandemic?Waiving some portions of federal law could help the Biden administration craft a compromise on tests, but pressing questions would remain.Accountability GreatSchools' Ratings Revamp Credits Schools for Boosting Academic GrowthThe schools rating website gives heavier weight to schools that are making strong academic growth and supporting historically disadvantaged students.Accountability DeVos Touts Tool Intended to Show School-by-School Spending NationwideA new web feature highlighted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos aims to display data collected from state and local report cards, but it remains a work in progress.Accountability Feds Seek New Data About Pandemic's Effects on School Funding, AccountabilityThe Education Department's request for a new data collection focuses on waivers from the Every Student Succeeds Act and how schools are using federal coronavirus relief.Accountability School Quality a Critical Family Issue for MilitaryConcerns about local school systems can pose recruitment and retention hurdles for the armed services as they seek to meet the needs of military families.Accountability In National Ranking of School Systems, a New State Is On TopThe annual Quality Counts report card ranks states based on dozens of factors that affect the quality of state school systems, including school finance, academic achievement, and socioeconomic indicators.Accountability States Fall Short on School Data Transparency, Advocacy Group SaysAfter reviewing states’ school report cards, the Data Quality Campaign says dozens of states are failing to offer a clear window into the data they’re required to collect under ESSA.Accountability A Heavy Lift to Make School Data Transparent—And Easy to UseStates and districts are scrambling to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act’s demand for broad and readily searchable information about schools.