State to Face Challenges in Development New Accountability System

State to Face Challenges in Development New Accountability System

June 21, 2016

The 74 Million reports on the challenges the state will likely face when developing its new accountability system as it will have to observe several “oversight demands by ESSA” while also remaining “true to the state’s ethos of de-emphasising test scores and focusing on helping — rather than ‘punishing’ — struggling schools.” The article focuses on how the state’s historical “lack of infrastructure to collect and use data” will make the development of the new system difficult and it’s unclear whether there is “political will to give accountability any teeth — to intervene, and even, in some cases, sanction schools that are low-performing year after year by, for instance, labeling them as failing or dismissing staff.”