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School accountability is no easy A

from U.S. News & World Report

When President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law last December, there was broad praise for the bill's approach to school accountability. Across the education policy spectrum, nearly everyone agreed that states should have the ability to create more nuanced and holistic systems that look at multiple measures of student and school success. But more than seven months later, a divide is now emerging between two contrasting viewpoints. Do states need to create "summative ratings" that combine indicators to assign a single grade or label to schools? Or can they use a "data dashboard" that simply displays this information instead? While these seem like two opposite approaches, they're actually not in conflict. Both are necessary — and both are required by the new law. more


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