School Climate, Student Engagement Emerge as Factors to Measure Accountability

School Climate, Student Engagement Emerge as Factors to Measure Accountability

December 7, 2019

To comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act’s requirement for “states to include non-academic factors in judging schools’ performance,” three-quarters of the states “added student absenteeism to their accountability systems.” However, as a new report from FutureEd details, some states are also using annual surveys to assess school climate and student engagement. In their report, FutureEd “examined state accountability plans approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and interviewed state officials” to determine how they are measuring these factors and how they are using the survey results to “calculate a score as part of an accountability rubric used to identify struggling schools.”