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ERIC Number: ED561935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Rating States, Grading Schools: What Parents and Experts Say States Should Consider to Make School Accountability Systems Meaningful
Mikulecky, Marga; Christie, Kathy
Education Commission of the States
Parents and policymakers have long sought to measure the quality of their public schools and to report that publicly in ways that are fair and equitable. In recent years, with a renewed focus on student outcomes, this effort has become a very public and sometimes acrimonious debate. With this project, Education Commission of the States (ECS) sought to answer three key questions from various stakeholders in a way that assists parents and policymakers in creating school accountability systems or "report cards" that are transparent and effective. The key questions and responding groups include: (1) Of researchers--Are the report cards easy to find?; (2) Of parents--Are the report cards easy to understand?; and (3) Of experts--What indicators are essential for measuring school and district performance? Experts selected five indicators they see as essential for any state's school accountability system: (1) student achievement; (2) student academic growth; (3) achievement gap closure; (4) graduation rates; and (5) postsecondary and career readiness. The aim of this report is to help state policymakers create accessible, useful, and effective school report cards so that states can improve their education systems by learning from each other. The following is appended: Members of the ECS School Accountability Advisory Group.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: United States