Accountability and Improvement

Effective accountability systems should increase the probability that productive practices will be used, while identifying and correcting problems that may occur. They do this by providing the information, capacity building, and support needed to identify strengths and challenges and make necessary improvements.

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Districts and states are redesigning their accountability systems to promote equitable opportunity and college and career readiness for all students. These systems are designed to ensure that all students receive a quality education, to identify and address problems, and to support continuous improvement. In an accountable system, students are engaged in meaningful learning, taught by competent and caring professionals, and supported by adequate resources to ensure that they graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective citizens and contributors to a democratic society.

Effective accountability systems:

  • Rely on multiple measures to assess how well schools and school systems are preparing students for college and careers.
  • Share and analyze data—disaggregated by race, socioeconomic status, and gender—to understand how well schools and school systems are educating each and every child.
  • Hold district, state, and federal education officials accountable for adequate and equitable distribution of resources and for their effective use.
  • Support the capacity building needed for all stakeholders to be knowledgeable about best practices and engaged in the reflection and problem solving required for continuous improvement.
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