ESSA Report Cards Roll Out “Frustrates School Leaders”

ESSA Report Cards Roll Out “Frustrates School Leaders”

December 13, 2018

Daarel Burnette II reports for Education Week that the “rollout of states’ redesigned school accountability systems in recent weeks has reignited tensions between policymakers, practitioners, and parents over how best to define and incentivize school success.” Just about every state developed new accountability systems under ESSA, which are now “being presented to the public for the first time on sleek new websites that allow visitors to compare schools, dive into test scores and several new data points.” But how state education departments are using these data points to rank schools “has riled many district superintendents in recent weeks,” many of whom have “accused state officials of being overly simplistic and too reliant on test scores to determine the winners and losers.”