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Report: States Struggling to Make School Accountability Systems Meaningful for Parents

School report cards published by state education agencies are a staple for parents deciding which schools their children should attend, but many states are still struggling to collect and report key accountability information and make it easy to understand for parents, a new report finds. 

The Education Commission of the States asked researchers, parents and education experts for their thoughts about school accountability systems: whether the report cards are easy to find, whether they are easy to understand and which measures are essential to include in them, such as student achievement, student academic growth, achievement gap closure, graduation rates, and college and career readiness.