Education news, analysis, and opinion about efforts by governments, officials, and advocates to hold schools accountable for success or improvement.
- Accountability What the Research Says More than 1 in 4 Schools Targeted for Improvement, Survey FindsThe new federal findings show schools also continue to struggle with absenteeism.Accountability Opinion What’s Wrong With Online Credit Recovery? This Teacher Will Tell YouThe “whatever it takes” approach to increasing graduation rates ends up deflating the value of a diploma.Accountability Why a Judge Stopped Texas from Issuing A-F School RatingsDistricts argued the new metric would make it appear as if schools have worsened—even though outcomes have actually improved in many cases.Accountability Why These Districts Are Suing to Stop Release of A-F School RatingsA change in how schools will be graded has prompted legal action from about a dozen school districts in Texas.Accountability What the Research Says What Should Schools Do to Build on 20 Years of NCLB Data?The education law yielded a cornucopia of student information, but not scalable turnaround for schools, an analysis finds.Accountability Education Secretary: Standardized Tests Should No Longer Be a 'Hammer'But states won't ease accountability requirements until federal law tells them to do so, policy experts say.Accountability Timeline: How Federal School Accountability Has Waxed and WanedFrom its origins in the 1990s to the most-recent tack, see how the federal approach to accountability has shifted.Accountability School Accountability Is Restarting After a Two-Year Pause. Here's What That MeansFor a moment, the COVID-19 pandemic succeeded in doing what periodic protests about school accountability couldn't: Halting it.Accountability Opinion Are K-12 State Tests Like a Visit to the Pediatrician?Even if the doctor’s trip isn’t pleasant, at least parents get something out of it they believe is worthwhile.Accountability Opinion What Does the Future Hold for School Accountability?Testing and accountability advocates have an opportunity to think anew about how to make the case for testing.Accountability Opinion The Pandemic Disrupted Testing. States Should Seize Untapped Accountability OpportunitiesUnder the Every Student Succeeds Act, states have more freedom to revamp their testing and accountability systems than they did under NCLB.Accountability States Make It Hard to Tell How Much Schools Are Spending, Report SaysThe vast majority of states aren't publishing spending data in a visually appealing or comprehensive way, according to EdTrust.Accountability Did Washington D.C.'s Education Overhaul Help Black Children? This Study Says YesResearchers said the district's "market-based" reforms accelerated achievement versus other districts and states.Accountability Opinion What Next-Gen Accountability Can Learn From No Child Left BehindAs we ponder what's next for accountability and assessment, we’d benefit from checking the rearview mirror more attentively and more often.