Idaho’s State Board of Educators Rethinks Accountability Goals
February 19, 2020
According to Debbie Critchfield, the Idaho State Board of Education is considering changes to the state’s accountability system to not only ensure performance metrics are complying with federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), but actually helping target, address, and improve student performance and achievement. Critchfield, president of the State Board of Education, said the Board wants to “use appropriate accountability where it best serves students and support the work of local school boards in accomplishing their goals as well as the federal accountability requirements under ESSA.” She also highlighted the need to focus less on proficiency and more on growth. The Board will be reviewing student performance measures in order to ensure an equitable approach for all of Idaho’s school districts.