States have made significant progress in providing the public-accountability report cards that the federal Every Student Succeeds Act requires, but many still have a long way to go to make them easily findable and understandable by parents, according to the latest analysis by the Data Quality Campaign.
The campaign found all but two states posted accountability data at least as recently as 2015-16, and 43 states included nonacademic indicators of school quality, such as chronic absenteeism or discipline data.
It also found nine states now translate their report cards into other languages, up from only five last year, but an equal number of states do not disaggregate any of their performance data by student group. Moreover, 18 states do not disaggregate data for at least one of the groups for which ESSA requires it, such as gender, race, or English-language or disability status.
A version of this article appeared in the December 13, 2017 edition of Education Week as Accountability