Accountability

The latest news about accountability, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Samantha Bearface, a 5th grader at Willamina Elementary School in Willamina, Ore., participates in a spelling lesson. In an effort to lower chronic absenteeism among its Native American elementary school students, the district worked with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to hire a coordinator who worked with families to address transportation, bullying, and other issues that were keeping kids out of school.
—Leah Nash for Education Week

Schools Mount Fight Against Chronic Absenteeism

Pressure to cut the rates of student absences will ramp up as most states use attendance in some form in new accountability plans. (October 17, 2017)

Spotlight on the Every Student Succeeds Act
In this Spotlight, see how accountability rules are shifting under the new administration, how states are developing new indicators for assessing school quality, and how teacher evaluation may change under ESSA.

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The Accountability Push in Virtual Learning
Our guests discussed why accountability is so important for virtual schools, what those schools are doing to ensure high-quality learning for students, and what challenges they face in meeting that goal.

ESSA Plans: Explainer and Key Takeaways From Each State
Here's a breakdown of what states and the District of Columbia plan to do with their new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act to set achievement goals and take other action in the area of school accountability. (Updated Sept. 22, 2017)

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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About ESSA?
What is the "Weighted Student Funding Pilot", how do select states plan to use Title II funding, and how does ESSA influence state flexibility in determining teacher evaluation criteria?

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Schools may end up with separate state and federal rankings in states that have yet to harmonize their own priorities with the Every Student Succeeds Act.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Two of the largest states are still awaiting approval from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on their plans for putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
When traditional public schools partner with high-quality charter leaders, schools improve for all students, write two Walton Family Foundation directors.
April 10, 2018 – Education Week
ESSA’s new requirement that districts report school-by-school spending numbers could prove a boon to the public and parents, and a headache for school administrators.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
At issue is just which branch of state government—or even which office—calls the shots on putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into practice. And election-year tensions up the ante.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
While K-12 schools focus primarily on using student achievement data for accountability purposes, experts contend that it can be a catalyst for daily improvement.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
A Senate confirmation hearing for Pres. Trump's nominee to oversee K-12 policy turns into a debate over how well Betsy DeVos is overseeing ESSA implementation.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
A Florida study urges caution in taking advantage of ESSA's new flexibility on state testing.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
States need to take bold steps to create a more conducive climate for school improvement in the nation as a whole to get off the track of mediocrity, researchers, analysts, and educators say.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
School finance and policy changes driven by the Every Student Succeeds Act are on the horizon as all but three state legislatures go into full swing this month.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week

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