Accountability and School Improvement

Current accountability systems have focused unprecedented—and overdue—attention on the nation’s lowest performing schools and students. Learn more about our Accountability and School Improvement work.

Current accountability systems have focused unprecedented—and overdue—attention on the nation’s lowest performing schools and students. But the current systems' reliance on single tests has stifled the political will to make changes. Our work focuses on strengthening accountability systems by including more diverse measures of a school’s effectiveness— measures that would gauge student growth, post-secondary success, and other factors. Also, because we recognize that schools often can’t meet student needs without partnering with other organizations, we believe that accountability systems likewise must reach beyond schools.

As the federal government makes an unprecedented $3.5 billion investment in school turnarounds, our work moves beyond the merits of the four federally required reform models to considerations of the factors that will actually determine the success of this investment.