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.
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September 07, 2016
August 31, 2016
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
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.
August 10, 2016
We're asking young students to wake up from nap time and start meeting state standards. As Daisy Gonzales writes, state policy makers need to wake up, too.
August 02, 2016
An analysis of data from the California CORE districts shows that pending federal regulations might not target the right assistance for struggling schools and would stigmatize far too many with the 'failing schools' label.
July 11, 2016
Policy Analysis for California Education has been a premier ed policy organization for three decades. As Daisy Gonzales writes, it is in the forefront of shaping current reforms and interpreting them for audiences such as 'On California.'
June 06, 2016
The state is moving away from test-and-punish. Here's why I think the instinct to improve is a stronger driver than naming and shaming.
May 01, 2016
To move beyond the failed system of naming and shaming, the accountability system needs to provide the capacity for schools to improve. Numbers aren't enough.
April 26, 2016
Equity advocates are pushing an accountability bill that is working its way through the California legislature. It could help, but it could also help recreate a failed system.
April 19, 2016
California's accountability system is still a work in progress, even as pressures for hard-number reporting mount. Those who want to move beyond negative incentives delay at their peril.