School Rankings & Ratings

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Accountability School Accountability Is Restarting After a Two-Year Pause. Here's What That Means
For a moment, the COVID-19 pandemic succeeded in doing what periodic protests about school accountability couldn't: Halting it.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 11, 2022
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Accountability Opinion Let's Take a Holistic Approach to Judging Schools
Parents 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?
Larry Ferlazzo, March 14, 2022
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States States Missed Opportunity to Provide Key Data About Schools During Pandemic, Report Says
An analysis of states' school report cards finds many failed to report key indicators, like absenteeism and school spending.
Evie Blad, May 26, 2021
4 min read
Accountability States Fall Short on School Data Transparency, Advocacy Group Says
After 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.
Daarel Burnette II, April 3, 2019
7 min read
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Accountability A Heavy Lift to Make School Data Transparent—And Easy to Use
States and districts are scrambling to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act’s demand for broad and readily searchable information about schools.
Daarel Burnette II, April 2, 2019
6 min read
Accountability The Ball Is in Betsy DeVos' Court as States Seek to Revise ESSA Plans
Will the education department let a state go in an entirely new direction, as long as what it is proposing to do is still kosher under the law?
Alyson Klein, March 20, 2019
4 min read
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Accountability Opinion Use Caution When Measuring School Quality
In the rush to provide parents with information about school performance, we should make sure we're measuring what matters.
Constance Lindsay & James E. Ford, February 6, 2019
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Accountability Rollout of ESSA Report Cards Frustrates School Leaders
Tensions flare between state policymakers, K-12 practitioners, and parents over how to best define and report school success under redesigned accountability systems.
Daarel Burnette II, December 11, 2018
6 min read
Pictured above is an example of a school rated under new criteria on the GreatSchools.org site. The rating shows high overall test scores, but flags achievement gaps, high student absenteeism, and discipline disparities for some student groups.
Pictured above is an example of a school rated under new criteria on the GreatSchools.org site. The rating shows high overall test scores, but flags achievement gaps, high student absenteeism, and discipline disparities for some student groups.
Accountability School-Rating Site GreatSchools Expands Its Measuring Stick
GreatSchools.org, whose reviews are seen by more than 50 million people, is expanding its ratings indicators to provide a more nuanced statistical portrait of schools.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 2, 2017
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Accountability ESSA Brings User-Friendly Makeover of State Report Cards
State report cards, the much-maligned and politically fraught web portals for conveying how schools stack up, are set for a head-to-toe makeover, both in how they look and the information they provide.
Daarel Burnette II, October 20, 2017
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Accountability A-F School Rankings Draw Local Pushback
Critics, including some local superintendents, call a method adopted by at least 18 states simplistic, while backers see it as transparent and easy for the public to grasp.
Daarel Burnette II, March 7, 2017
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Accountability States Eye Data Dashboard for Nuanced Accountability
Educators and lawmakers in some states want to move away from one-size-fits-all school rankings and offer more information using a model drawn from the business world.
Daarel Burnette II, May 17, 2016
8 min read
Classroom Technology Opinion The Cost Savings of Eliminating Classroom Management
What is this amazing low-tech strategy that's filling the gaps in cyber-learning? Answer: the teachers are sitting in the same office, as they're managing their on-line classes. So it's valuable for teachers to be physically present and connected to their peers, but not so important for kids? But--wouldn't students wouldn't also benefit from putting their heads together with peers and having in-depth conversations about literature or democracy or fractions?
Nancy Flanagan, October 22, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Index Indicates Most High Schools Are Not Challenging Students
A survey of schools that made The Washington Post's Most Challenging High School list shows many schools still have rules that keep students from signing up for AP, IB, and AICE courses.
Caralee J. Adams, April 20, 2015
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