Summative Ratings vs. Data Dashboards for Schools

Summative Ratings vs. Data Dashboards for Schools

August 17, 2016

Scott Sargrad, director for standards and accountability at the Center for American Progress, wrote in U.S. News & World Report that a divide is emerging between proponents of using of summative ratings for schools and proponents of implementing data dashboards. Sargrad encourages states to think outside of using one or the other to hold schools accountable, noting that these approaches are not at odds with each other. Sargrad argues, “The Every Student Succeeds Act rightly doesn’t tell states to choose between summative ratings and data dashboards – it says that they need to do both.”