Earlier this week, the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) joined the nation’s leading education reform experts to discuss opportunities for greater accountability and transparency within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
During the panel discussion, Claire Voorhees, ExcelinEd’s Director of K-12 Reform, highlighted the importance of maintaining rigorous accountability systems that measure school performance on a set of objective student outcomes. One accountability system that has been successful in more than a dozen states to clearly communicate school performance is the A-F school grading model.
Claire also emphasized the need for transparent information on how schools are performing – and other kinds of school data, including school discipline and attendance – to be shared with parents and communities in easy-to-use formats.
With ESSA, states have a new opportunity to make federally-required school report cards a user-friendly tool that gives parents valuable and easy-to-understand information about their child’s school and how they can help.
“In this transition to ESSA, we think there’s a great opportunity to bring reporting up to the 21st century. We don’t have mobile-friendly, parent empowerment tools that provide school information. There should be pressure on every state to improve how they report this information.”