Is Test-Based Accountability Dead?

Three experts weigh in, and look to the future

Why Accountability Matters, and Why It Must Evolve

Try to think of an education policy that 1) has been shown, in dozens of studies across multiple decades, to positively affect student outcomes; 2) has the overwhelming support of parents and voters; 3) reinforces many other policies and facilitates quality research; and 4) has been used widely at the district, state, and national levels […]

Futile Accountability Systems Should Be Abandoned

Is test-based accountability “on the wane”? The question is based on a fallacy. For something to be on the wane, it has to exist, and test-based accountability has never truly existed in the United States. Holding people accountable requires that they face significant consequences as a result of their actions. Despite years of “high stakes” […]

If Parents Push for It, Accountability Can Work

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled in education is convincing the American public that we have had test-based accountability. The media and politicians adopted the rhetoric of “high stakes” tests without bothering to ask the question: what, exactly, are the stakes? For most adults in education, there were none. Shockingly few public-school educators have […]

The Trump Administration’s $20 Billion School Choice Plan

Debating the wisdom of this idea, and what it might look like in reality

Go Big on School Choice for All 50 States

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For the Love of Choice, Don’t Federalize It

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Reconsidering the Supreme Court’s Rodriguez Decision

Is there a federal constitutional right to education?

Inequitable Schools Demand a Federal Remedy 

Rodriguez will one day be considered as erroneous as the court’s approval of the “separate but equal” doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson.

Federal Courts Can’t Solve Our Education Ills

As a matter of constitutional law, Rodriguez was correctly decided.

Education Reform’s Race Debate

An Education Next Forum

Let’s Build a Modern Reform Coalition

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Judge Reformers by Results, Not Race

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Make Diversity a Key Value in Reform

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School Reform Must Serve Social Justice Goals

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Reform Leaders: You’re Fired

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Engage Communities, But Stay Focused on Results

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School Reform Family Feud

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New Priorities for Equity in Reform

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Chauvinism versus Social Justice

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How Should States Design Their Accountability Systems?

Education Next talks with Jeb Bush, Heather Hough, and Michael Kirst

Florida’s Intuitive Letter Grades Produce Results

In Florida, where I served as governor from 1999 to 2007, a bold, new direction was required. And so in 1999, we overhauled our school system through accountability legislation that made student learning the focus of education.

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California’s Dashboard Data Will Guide Improvement

In California, we’ve moved beyond assigning schools a single number score each year and are implementing a “dashboard” accountability system, to better capture and communicate multiple dimensions of school performance.

Making Sense of the Opt-Out Movement

Education Next talks with Scott Levy and Jonah Edelman

Opt-Out Reflects the Genuine Concerns of Parents

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