ESSA “5th Indicator” Making it Harder, Not Easier to Gauge Student Success?

ESSA “5th Indicator” Making it Harder, Not Easier to Gauge Student Success?

August 26, 2018

Taylor Swaak reports for The 74 that while academic achievement has “typically been the gold standard for tracking student gains and school progress,” policymakers hoped ESSA’s “5th indicator” provision would “spur a more innovative approach.” But an “in-depth review by The 74 of plans from 49 states and Washington, D.C., revealed that many fifth indicators are flooded with numerous, complex measures that, according to some critics, risk diluting educators’ focus and muddying improvement goals.”