Brookings Panel Discusses the Future of Accountability under ESSA

Brookings Panel Discusses the Future of Accountability under ESSA

July 29, 2016

The Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy hosted a panel discussion last week featuring Hanseul Kang, state superintendent for the District of Columbia, and Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO, focusing on the future of accountability under ESSA. Notably, the event was hosted by Arne Duncan, nonresident senior fellow with the Brown Center and former U.S. Secretary of Education. During the event, the panelists concurred that while NCLB “was crucial in instigating state collection of student achievement data and disaggregation of data to identify achievement gaps,” ESSA provides an opportunity for states to learn from their past struggles, particularly with “communication of information, resource support and expectations to schools and parents.” The panelists discussed what they thought an ideal accountability system looked like, how they can address achievements gaps and agreed that much collaboration and work is still needed. The full video of the event can be found here.