Accountability systems measure the performance and quality of schools and use these results to drive improvements in low-performing schools and report on the annual progress of all schools. In designing state level systems, states must include measures of academic performance and may also include nonacademic factors at the student or school level, such as student engagement or school climate measures. AIR staff has extensive experience working with accountability systems and the identification of schools needing extra support.
The centers that AIR operates can harness the knowledge and experience of our staff to address this kind of request for assistance. For example, the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest has worked with state leaders to sort through the various methods for categorizing schools and the pros and cons for each option to help policymakers answer questions.
AIR Contact: David English