School Rankings & Ratings

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Accountability Why a Judge Stopped Texas from Issuing A-F School Ratings
Districts argued the new metric would make it appear as if schools have worsened—even though outcomes have actually improved in many cases.
Evie Blad, October 27, 2023
2 min read
Handwritten red letter grades cover a blue illustration of a classic brick school building.
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Accountability Why These Districts Are Suing to Stop Release of A-F School Ratings
A change in how schools will be graded has prompted legal action from about a dozen school districts in Texas.
Evie Blad, September 7, 2023
4 min read
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School Climate & Safety Gallup Asked U.S. Students to Grade Their Schools. Here’s the Report Card
Schools earned their lowest marks on supporting students' mental health and making them excited to learn.
Arianna Prothero, June 16, 2023
2 min read
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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
10 min read
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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
8 min read
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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
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
A+ in chalk on a traditional blackboard.
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
3 min read
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
Education ESSA: Which States Are Eschewing School Grades?
At least ten states have plans to create some kind of accountability "dashboard", which consider school performance on a host of factors, but don't give an overall score to a school.
Alyson Klein, May 4, 2018
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Pictured above is an example of a school rated under new criteria on the 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 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, 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
6 min read
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
6 min read