Parents, teachers, principals and administrators must have access to transparent, simple, and meaningful data about student achievement and system performance. The state should be required to develop a common tool or “dashboard” that clearly displays school, district and post-secondary institution performance. The ultimate goal is not only to collect data but also to analyze it effectively in order to increase student learning and school accountability.
The state should also be required to prepare a report that analyzes K-12 school performance relative to funding. This report should be shared with legislators, school districts and the public.
Elements of the dashboard should include:
- School performance relative to statewide student achievement and growth goals.
- School performance data showing both student achievement at one point in time and student performance over a period of time.
- Disaggregated data on indicators of success from kindergarten through postsecondary (i.e. WA Kids, 3-8th grade Measures of Student Progress scores, High School End-of-Course scores, High School Proficiency Exam scores, Common Core Assessments, graduation rates, college credit earned in high school, Compass scores, remediation rates, postsecondary enrollment, STEM program enrollment and college completion).
- Data on K-12 school performance relative to funding.
To learn more, read our policy brief: Building a Robust Data System in Washington
The Partnership believes that state must strengthen current accountability policies to ensure students graduate high school college- and career-ready. The state should develop an accountability system that:
- Sets clear expectations for school and district performance, based on measurable results.
- Creates a standardized reporting tool that presents key data about pre-kindergarten through postsecondary career- and college-readiness and completion.
- Creates flexibility at the school level so teachers and principals can target resources and strategies to meet their students’ specific needs and improve instruction free of unnecessary restrictions.
- Attaches consequences to performance so schools and districts have strong incentives to continuously improve instruction and set clear guidelines for schools and districts if student performance does not improve.
Finally, an accountability system must make clear who is accountable for what and to whom. Roles and responsibilities must be delineated in a manner that makes it clear which entities – local and state – are accountable for student performance and the specific actions for which they are responsible.
To learn more, read our policy brief: Accountability Systems that Measure What Matters