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Districts Break New Ground With New Index on School Performance


The big distinction is CORE’s work in non-academic areas – what CORE is calling the social and emotional/school culture and climate indicators, which will make up 40 percent of a school’s score. Although the results won’t be included in the first year’s index, CORE conducted school climate surveys and additionally piloted questionnaires asking students to rate themselves on how hard they work and how they deal with challenges. It asked teachers to rate students on the same school culture and personal learning factors. For this year, that portion of the index will be limited to measures of chronic absenteeism; suspensions and expulsions; and English learners’ progression to fluency.