Blog: Standards & Accountability

Blog post Kim Anderson, Director, Benchmarking College- and Career-Readiness Standards

How Does My State’s New Accountability System Support School Improvement?

To answer this question for stakeholders across the region, SREB’s benchmarking team reviewed Every Student Succeeds Act plans submitted by SREB states in 2017. ESSA, signed into law in 2015, replaced the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 as the latest reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA maintains some of the basic requirements for state accountability systems from NCLB, while also giving states new flexibility in shaping many aspects of their systems. According to the law, states submitted plans to the U.S.

Blog post Kim Anderson, Director, and Mary Elizabeth Mira, Assistant Director, SREB's Benchmarking College- and Career-Readiness Standards Project
Report cover: Alignment of Instructional Materials: Trends in State Efforts,

Heavy Lift
Aligning Classroom Materials to State Standards

SREB report can serve as a guide as work continues

Big changes don’t happen overnight. And when states adopted higher education standards, it was only the first step in a long-term effort to improve schools so all students graduate high school with what they need to be ready for college and careers.

Next came the complex work of implementing the standards. Schools needed textbooks, curricula and lesson plans designed with the new standards in mind. Teachers needed training to shift their classroom strategies to help students meet the readiness standards.