Tag Archives: accountability

Ratings Revelations from the First Batch of State ESSA Plans

Ratings Revelations from the First Batch of State ESSA Plans

By Dirk Zuschlag          Although the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) rolls back federal education mandates to allow states more authority over their accountability systems, it nonetheless requires that the Secretary of Education approve each state’s accountability plan to be implemented in the 2017-18 school year. Under an Obama Administration policy, states (and Washington, DC) could… Read More »

Michigan To Pilot Alternative Education Accountability System

By Alex Schwarz and Nancy Duchesneau Alexander Schwarz is an Accountability Specialist within the Michigan Department of Education. Alex joined MDE in 2011 and is responsible for a variety of research, data, and policy-oriented initiatives. He previously worked as a Planner in the Strategic Planning Unit of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation… Read More »

Distortion in A-F Accountability Scales

Distortion in A-F Accountability Scales

By David Casalaspi   Today, every state in the U.S. is required by federal law to produce annual report cards showing how each school is doing in terms of student achievement. However, states are free to design their accountability report cards as they please. As a result, there are a variety of different accountability report… Read More »

Feds and States and Widgets—Oh My!

Feds and States and Widgets—Oh My!

By Dirk Zuschlag The Feds For nearly seven years the Obama Department of Education (USDOE), through its Race to the Top (RttT) program and its issuance of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers, pushed states to establish “rigorous” teacher evaluation systems that incorporated student achievement evidence, the results of which would then be used in… Read More »

Are Critics Overreacting About Betsy DeVos?

By Nancy Duchesneau   Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing last week has received an abnormal amount of attention when compared to previous confirmation hearings for Education Secretaries. A number of articles have criticized her for being out of touch with the reality of public schools and for lacking a firm grasp of the nuances of education… Read More »

Testing and Accountability for Public Power

Testing and Accountability for Public Power

By David Casalaspi   Testing and accountability policy has consistently been held up as a way to empower parents, especially in poor neighborhoods. Give parents clear, objective information about how schools are doing, and schools, facing complaints from parents and shrinking enrollments as parents opt to send their children elsewhere, will be pressured to reform… Read More »

Social-Emotional Learning: States Consider New Accountability Indicator

By Nancy Duchesneau In December 2015, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bringing changes to accountability requirements for state systems. While many of the accountability provisions were consistent with the flexibility permitted via ESEA waivers, one noteworthy addition was the explicit requirement to include a… Read More »

How Do Charter and Traditional School Board Members Define Accountability?

How Do Charter and Traditional School Board Members Define Accountability?

This week’s post is written by Dr. Michael R. Ford. Dr. Ford is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  His research interests include public and nonprofit school board governance, accountability, and education reform.    Back in February I penned a blog post here discussing some recent research I completed… Read More »

Lessons from New Hampshire’s PACE

By Nancy Duchesneau As a previous post discussed, the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority was inspired by New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) pilot. As states consider applying for the authority to develop their own assessment pilots, attention has turned to PACE and what lessons can be gleaned from New Hampshire’s experience.… Read More »

New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

New Teacher Preparation Regulations Announced, Implications for Michigan

By Amy Auletto Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced new regulations that will require teacher preparation programs to be more transparent about their effectiveness across a number of measures. According to the ED, these regulations seek to improve outcomes for teacher preparation programs while still affording states the flexibility to determine specifically… Read More »