Graduation rates top the list of school accountability measures states have undertaken since passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, according to an analysis by the Education Commission of the States.
Forty-four states now use that as a factor, in school accountability compared with only eight in 2002, the Denver-based organization that tracts state policy found. But another factor that’s arguably closely related, “education or employment after high school,” has become a little less popular, with the number of states using it dropping from four to three.
Other measures of school accountability that have gained in popularity over the past decade include test scores and student-achievement growth.
A version of this article appeared in the January 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as Testing, Graduation Rates Top Accountability Factors