Now that Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states are revamping their federally required systems to measure school quality and hold schools accountable for performance. But most are doing so using outdated assumptions, holdovers from the Industrial Era, when cookie-cutter public schools followed orders from central headquarters and students were assigned to the closest school. In today’s world, that is no longer the norm.
We are migrating toward systems made up of diverse, fairly autonomous schools of choice, some of them operated by independent organizations, as charter, contract, or innovation schools. Before revising their measurement and accountability systems, states need to rethink their assumptions.
Please join David Osborne from the Progressive Policy Institute, Laura Jimenez from the Center for American Progress, Claire Voorhees from the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Michael Petrilli from the Fordham Institute on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 for a breakfast discussion on this important topic of academic achievement standards for students and schools. This event will highlight the new PPI report, Creating Measurement and Accountability Systems for the 21st Century School: A Guide for State Policymakers, which details guidelines for states in the wake of ESSA.
Director of Federal Policy
Foundation for Excellence in Education