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March 20, 2017

Calif. Accountability Dashboard Debuts; Critics Abound

California released its long-awaited accountability dashboard. Its colorful multi-system replaces the state's single number, test-score-driven indicator. The dashboard could use improvement; but it's not as dumb as some of the criticism.

February 02, 2017

Three Lessons From a Teacher-Powered Schools Conference

At more than 100 schools, teachers have gained substantial autonomy over the learning program, working conditions, personnel, and other domains. Here's what I learned by spending a weekend with them.

November 03, 2016

Calif. CORE Districts Pilot Accountability Measures

New research from California's CORE data partnership illustrates the possibilities and the implementation challenges in multiple measure accountability.

September 28, 2016

New California Accountability System Signals Progress

It's good to count parent engagement and school climate, says Sonya Heisters. So, California has taken a step in the right direction with its new accountability system.

September 26, 2016

L.A. Magnets Outscore Charters on 2016 Tests

Alan Warhaftig writes that this year's Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests show Los Angeles Unified School District magnet schools outscoring charters. Charters did better with English Learners.

September 21, 2016

Why Calif. Local Funding Requires State Leadership

California's Local Control Funding Formula was announced under the banner of subsidiarity, but Arun Ramanathan argues that local control also means state responsibility.

September 14, 2016

Poll Shows Parents Not Engaged in Calif. Local Control

A new poll from Policy Analysis for California and the University of Southern California shows that the state has a long way to go to keep its promise to engage local stakeholders in the state's historic education finance reforms, writes Daisy Gonzales.

September 07, 2016

Multiple Indicators Work Only When Schools Can Learn From Them

The California State Board of Education is poised to adopt a multiple indicator accountability system to replace the state's discredited single number score. Good! But it will work only if schools learn from using it.

August 31, 2016

Single-Number School Rankings Miss Tasty Ingredients

Single measure accountability systems make 'soup' out of school achievement by putting all its ingredients into a mathematical blender, writes David Plank. The soup conceals more ingredients than it reveals.

August 16, 2016

Counting 'Proficient' Students Creates Bad Accountability

Accountability targets based on the percentage of 'proficient' students obscure real differences between schools, encourage bad instructional practices, and encourage the wrong kind of intervention, writes Morgan Polikoff.

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