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High School-Level Accountability PDF - This ECS StateNote reports the measures or indicators states use for public reporting of the school's performance, the method used to provide notice to schools falling below expectations and the supports offered to assist the school in raising performance, the sanctions which a state may turn to for ensuring performance improves, and the rewards offered to schools by the state when performance heightens. (Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, December 2008)...

High School-Level Accountability - This database provides 50-state information on numerous areas related to accountability, including indicators used for determining performance and public reporting, supports provided to struggling schools, sanctions and rewards. (Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, October 2007)...

Rewards and Sanctions for School Districts and Schools MS Word PDF - State policymakers are increasingly focusing their attention on holding school districts and schools accountable for their students' performance. Two mechanisms for ensuring such accountability are rewards and sanctions. States reward school districts and schools by providing monetary and nonmonetary rewards. States also sanction school districts and schools. In fact, several types of sanctions in place across the states range from a written warning to a state takeover of a school district or school. Also available is the statutory language for each state (Todd Ziebarth, Education Commission of the States, updated August 2002)....

Differentiated High School Diplomas MS Word - In an effort to encourage students to meet higher expectations, a number of states are awarding advanced high school diplomas to students who complete additional coursework, take certain tests, achieve high test scores, and/or graduate with a minimum gradepoint average. This recognition of achievement can take the form of an endorsement, seal, stamp on a studentís diploma or transcript; a higher level diploma; or a certificate of mastery or advanced mastery. This is a multi-state compilation. (Education Commission of the States, January 2000)...

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