October 14, 2020

State ed chiefs rethinking accountability during COVID-19

State education leaders should think about leveraging information from accountability systems mainly to put in place support initiatives for school improvement, rather than using it to make claims about school performance.

Missing data from the 2020-21 school year will impact accountability systems that rely on multiyear indicators. And even when data is collected, its meaning and interpretation will change if states adopt models like skip-year growth, which would look at ways to calculate improvement for based on 2019 assessment data.

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