Evaluate Schools Through More Than Just Test Scores Under ESSA?

Evaluate Schools Through More Than Just Test Scores Under ESSA?

May 15, 2018

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans “released a new study that explores how school ratings would change if states evaluated school performance differently.” Sara Slaughter reports for News from Tulane that, as the “national debate on how states should measure school performance under” ESSA continues, the study “examines data from Louisiana from 2006 to 2014 and finds that 28.6 percent of Louisiana high schools would receive different performance ratings if school performance measures evaluated not only test scores and graduation rates, but also college entry levels.” Lead author Douglas N. Harris says: “If the goal is to hold schools accountable for factors most associated with students long-term life success, then policymakers are probably still too focused on test scores.”