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Rating States, Grading Schools: What Parents and Experts say States Should Consider to Make School Accountability Systems Meaningful - The report is intended to help states policymakers create accessible, useful and effective school accountability systems. In January, ECS released a 50-state database that found more states are moving to A-F grades for schools. Today’s ECS report shows it take more than a letter grade to be transparent. (Marga Mikulecky and Kathy Christie, ECS, May 2014)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Accountability--Measures/Indicators - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

ECS School Accountability and "Report Cards" Database - This 50-state database includes 1) the indicators states use to gauge school performance (what gets measured), 2) what gets reported, and 3) how state leaders are publicly reporting on school performance to parents and others. Letter grades for schools, which have been controversial in some states, appear to be an increasingly popular tool for policymakers. (Marga Mikulecky, Kathy Christie, 2013)...

Recognizing College and Career Readiness in the California School Accountability System - To address education's changing landscape in California, this report offers new ways to recognize school and student performance. Among proposed accountability measures, schools would report the proportion of students who complete comprehensive studies in integrated academic- and career-technical education, the proportion of students who completed work-based learning experiences and the proportion of students who met a defined achievement level. (Soung Bae and Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, December 2014)...

College- and Career-Ready: Using Outcomes Data to Hold High Schools Accountable for Student Success - Most high schools are rated on only two measures: graduation rates and student scores on basic skills tests given in a single year. States can use college remediation needs of public high school students and other data systems to create richer, more accurate, more multi-dimensional measures of high school success. (Chad Aldeman, Education Sector, January 2010)...

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