Considerations for Developing and Implementing School Accountability Measures

A key component of the Every Student Succeeds Act is the flexibility to use at least one nonacademic indicator to measure school quality or student success. Differences in quality measures and reporting mechanisms in choice-rich public school systems make it difficult to compare schools across sectors (e.g., comparing public schools with charter schools). In this testimony, research associate Michael Katz discusses three major considerations for developing and performing school quality assessments that make school comparisons easier, more comprehensive, and more relevant for various stakeholders and audiences.