Ed Week Assesses How States Address School Performance

Ed Week Assesses How States Address School Performance

October 4, 2017

When ESSA was enacted, “speculation swirled that states might use it as a launching pad to use measures of students’ social and emotional competencies to determine whether their schools are successful.” However, according to Evie Blad in Education Week, nearly two years later, “not a single state’s plan to comply with the federal education law—and its broader vision for judging school performance—calls for inclusion of such measures in its school accountability system.” This, of course, “raises some new questions,” such as did “backers of social-emotional learning miss a chance to encourage wider adoption of its strategies” Or “did they avoid the concerns and pitfalls that would have come with attaching it to high-stakes accountability?”