Making Sure All Children Matter: Getting School Accountability Signals Right

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This short paper from The Education Trust explores the relationships between the accountability movement and individual subgroup performance. Using several examples, the piece demonstrates that school ratings do not always correlate with the performances of low-income and/or minority students. For example, some schools that receive top ratings under the accountability system still have segments of their populations that perform the same as their peers in lower rated schools. Observing that many parents make decisions about where to send their children based upon these school ratings, the paper opines that accountability systems should better reflect how schools serveĀ all groups of students, and whether they are meeting performance goals and narrowing gaps. Read it here.