Interactive Reports Distill New School Accountability Systems in SREB States
What's in your state's plan?
The Southern Regional Education Board today released interactive reports on school accountability plans in the16 SREB states.
With a focus on expectations for college and career readiness, profiles on the SREB Insights website distill complex information about each state’s plan for evaluating schools’ performance and holding them accountable for improvement. State policymakers and school leaders can use the tool to understand and compare accountability measures — and to inform ongoing improvements as plans are updated over time.
“As the saying goes, what gets measured gets done, and these plans show what the state values and prioritizes,” said Kim Anderson, SREB director of benchmarking for college- and career-readiness standards.
The new plans are required by the Every Student Succeeds Act, the current version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Users can explore the SREB reports by state or across topics:
- What long-term goals did the state set for improving schools?
- What indicators of school performance does the state use?
- How does the state differentiate and report school performance?
- How does the state identify and support struggling schools?
SREB Insights also includes an introduction to trends across the region. Later in 2018, SREB will publish more in-depth analysis of trends in state accountability systems and the challenges states face as they implement their plans.
Some state ESSA plans are approved by the U.S. Department of Education, while other states are finalizing revisions. SREB analyzed details of the plans as they stood on December 1, 2017, and will update its online reports when all the plans are final and approved in the coming months.
SREB brought together leaders in the state departments of education as they worked to prepare their plans and continues to convene state staff to share what’s working among neighboring states.