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As states submit ESSA plans, policymakers must design responsible school rating systems

from Brookings Institute

Is it possible to summarize a school's performance, fairly and accurately, with a single rating? Schools are complex organizations that serve a variety of purposes, and measuring their progress toward these goals is notoriously tricky. Can we really say that this school is a "B+" and that school down the street is a "D"? Should we? Education policymakers across the country are grappling with these questions as states develop their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. Eleven states have submitted plans to the Department of Education already, providing a first glimpse at how states are handling the thorny issue of summative performance measures. more

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