School Rankings & Ratings

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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
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 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
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
7 min read
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
3 min read
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
2 min read
School & District Management Opinion Garden-Variety Teacher Leadership
I worry that teacher leadership is being commodified--that teachers with exceptional talents in instruction, curriculum development, mentoring, analyzing district politics and influencing decision-making will not be seen as leaders unless they have a title or a stipend. I worry even more about how formal teacher leaders are "chosen"--just whose water they're expected to carry.
Nancy Flanagan, March 2, 2015
2 min read
Accountability Opinion The American Workforce: Survey Delivers Bad News
New data on literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills show that U.S. millennials have fallen to the back of the pack internationally and continue to slip.
Marc Tucker, February 19, 2015
3 min read
Student Well-Being New High School Recognition Focuses on Closing Opportunity Gap
The University Colorado Boulder is launching a Schools of Opportunity project to honor schools working to level the learning playing field for all students.
Caralee J. Adams, October 8, 2014
2 min read