Families and educators need a clear accountability system

Are students at my child’s school reading at grade level? Are achievement gaps closing in my community? Which schools are seeing the most success, particularly for low-income students and students of color? To answer these questions, we need data: parents need information on how schools are doing so that they can make informed decisions, educators need data to identify opportunities for improvement and models to replicate, and policymakers need school performance data so they can target resources with an eye to both need and scaling up of changing-the-odds approaches.

As we work to build schools that support each student’s full potential, we need a comprehensive accountability system that provides transparent, timely results for educators and families. This system must be grounded by objective assessments aligned to state standards. It must also be driven by clear systems that inform what happens when schools are not meeting the mark. That’s why EdAllies has been closely tracking how the Minnesota Department of Education plans to implement the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. Take one minute to contact Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius to ask that transparency and equity be top priorities in the state’s new accountability system under ESSA.


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