Advancing Accountability in Education
“Quality education for everyone, of every background, remains one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time.”
—President George W. Bush
of 4th grade students are proficient in science
of 4th grade students are proficient in math
of students are proficient in reading
High standards, quality assessments tied to those standards, and meaningful consequences for low performance lead to increases in achievement for children of all races, ethnicities, and socio-economic status.
Wide achievement gaps exist in the United States - low income and minority students in particular lag behind their peers. On a global scale, students in the United States consistently rank below children in other countries in the core subjects of reading, math, and science.
Annual assessment data on student academic performance informs parents, educators, and the public about how our schools are performing, and helps identify where research-based interventions are necessary.
College and Career Readiness
Students must be prepared for both college and career — not one over the other.
Each school year, approximately 6.8 million students miss at least 15 days of school, putting academic success at risk.
Afterschool and Summer Learning
In communities with strong afterschool programs, youth have more learning opportunities and commit fewer crimes.
Being off-track on just one key indicator signals that a sixth grader graduating high school on time drops to 15-20 percent.
Principal Talent Management Framework
Best practices for attracting, supporting, and retaining effective principals
Effective Implementation Framework
How schools and districts can make lasting changes in practice and policy.
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