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Creating Measurement and Accountability Systems for 21st Century Schools: A Guide for State Policymakers

Because Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act last December, states are revamping their federally required systems to measure school quality and hold schools accountable for performance. But most are doing so based off a time when cookiecutter public schools followed orders from central headquarters and students were assigned to the closest school. Before revising their measurement and accountability systems, states need to rethink these assumptions. David Osborne is director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s project on Reinventing America’s Schools, offers guidance for state leaders.