Education Commission of the States has researched the metrics used by states to measure school performance (what gets measured), the information and metrics schools must report to the public on their report cards (what gets reported), and the type of system used to rate the schools. Click on the questions below for 50-state comparisons showing how all states approach state school accountability report cards. Or, choose to view a specific state’s approach by going to the individual state profiles page.

Key takeaways

  • All states and D.C. measure student achievement.
  • All states and D.C. measure graduation rates.
  • Fourteen states assign or plan soon to assign A-F letter grades based on school performance.
  • Four states include growth of the highest-achieving students in calculating school performance.

50-state comparisons

  1. State School Accountability Report Card Resource – key items and states
  2. Rating System
  3. What gets measured?
  4. What gets reported?
  5. Statute/Link
  6. Formula – Summary
  7. Formula – Full text

Related resources 

Staff contact

Jennifer Thomsen

 PUBLISHED: December 1, 2013



 STATE(S): Nationwide

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