Topic: Standards & Accountability

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How States Prioritize Readiness in School Accountability Plans
New reports detail ESSA plans, with a focus on college and career readiness

How are states’ new school accountability plans focusing on college and career readiness?

Many SREB states went above and beyond the basic requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which addresses readiness but does not require a comprehensive approach. An SREB analysis of state plans across the South identifies five ways states prioritize readiness for all students, statewide. They used the law’s flexibility to:

Publication Gene Bottoms Kirsten Ewart Sundell October 201712 pages(17V18)
This image is the cover of the Valuing Both Cs in College- and Career-Readiness Accountability Systems publication.

Valuing Both Cs in College- and Career-Readiness Accountability Systems
How states can use career pathways to close credential attainment and skills gaps.

This publication explores how state accountability systems currently address college readiness and academic and technical career readiness and offers recommendations and examples of policies and practices that incentivize and reward districts and schools for preparing more students to earn credentials and degrees in high-demand career fields.



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.

Publication February 20138 pages(13E01w)

Federal Waivers Grant Flexibility to No Child Left Behind in SREB States

This SREB Policy Brief examines federal waivers to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 in 13 SREB states. In exchange for the waivers, the states agreed to develop policies that would support college and career readiness, teacher and principal evaluation systems partially based on student achievement, differentiated accountability that gives the most support to low-achieving schools and districts, and a unified accountability system.


Publication June 20114 page(11E05)

Transitioning to the New High School Graduation Rate

For nearly a decade, states have had flexibility in collecting and reporting graduation rate data for state and federal accountability purposes. But in 2008, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidelines that require all states to report a new rate – the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate - beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.

Publication 2009 | 32 pages | (09V17)

The Next Generation of School Accountability
A Blueprint for Raising High School Achievement and Graduation Rates

Report of the Committee to Improve High School Graduation Rates and Achievement

This report recommends strategies that states and public schools can use to improve student achievement and raise graduation rates. The report is based on the recommendations of the SREB Committee to Improve High School Graduation Rates and Achievement, led by Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia.