How Members Are Prioritizing Accountability & Transparency in 2018
February 1, 2018

Use the bullets below to jump to a specific section, or visit the 2018 Network Member Priorities Overview.

2018 Outlook

As states look to implement their ESSA plans, advocates are prepared to hold the line to ensure new accountability systems are implemented with fidelity. As LEAs and SEAs work to meet the data transparency demands of their new ESSA plans and develop new school report cards, advocates are pushing to make the data meaningful and comprehensible to parents and the broader community.

Key Takeaways

  • Nearly every survey participant (97%) expressed interest in this issue, indicating the Network is still strongly focused on ESSA implementation.
  • Forty-three respondents (73%) stated they were planning to engage on the issue, either as a high priority or on their to-do list.
  • Fewer members are engaging on accountability this year than last year. In 2017, 35 members (69%) said accountability and transparency was a high priority compared to 29 members (49%) this year.
  • Member advocacy on accountability and transparency includes improving accountability systems, crafting school report cards, engaging on improvement strategies, and digging into school-level financial transparency.

State Snapshot

Forty-four PIE Network members in 26 states are planning to engage on this issue in 2018, either as a high priority or on the to-do list.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said they were planning to work on similar accountability and transparency policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Laura for an introduction.

ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Twenty-seven members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AR Arkansas Learns: Implementation of ESSA so Schools and Districts Cannot Hide from Clarity, Accountability, and Transparency in Regard to Performance and Growth
  • CA The Education Trust-West: Increase Transparency, Heighten Accountability for Gap Closure
  • CA Parent Revolution: Increase Focus on Lowest Performing Schools in State/District
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Block Efforts to Undermine School Accountability
  • DC DCSRN: Help Facilitate Implementation of Accountability Plan
  • DE Rodel Foundation: Defend Accountability in Wilmington Decisions and Advocate for ESSA Implementation
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Implement State’s ESSA Plan and Thereby Protect Highly Successful Accountability System
  • GA Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: Provide Clarity and Awareness of Georgia’s New Accountability Measures
  • ID Idaho Business For Education: Dashboard for Parents And Public
  • IL Stand for Children Illinois: ESSA Implementation and Creating Growth Model
  • IN Stand for Children Indiana: Adding a 9th Grade On-track Indicator to Our New Accountability Model
  • KS AlignEd: Policy to Implement Building Level Accountability/Transparency
  • LA DFER Louisiana: Maintain Rigorous Accountability Standards and Support Open Lines of Communication About Accountability Standards to Public/Districts
  • MA Teach Plus-Massachusetts: Maintain Strong Accountability Systems for Schools and Districts While Providing More Options to Customize Approaches for Improvement
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Resist Weakening of Accountability System; Work For Strong School & District Report Cards for ESSA
  • MN EdAllies: Create Strong Statewide System for School Accountability That Effectively Identifies Schools in Need of Improvement
  • MO Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri: Ensure Clear Public and Charter Accountability Measures in State ESSA Plan
  • NE Educate Nebraska: Provide Guidance With State Accountability System Reform
  • NY Educators for Excellence-New York: Ensure Proper Implementation of ESSA Plan and Push for Tight Regulatory Guidelines
  • NY NYCAN: Evolve Accountability Discussions to Consider Choice as a Key Component of all Accountability Systems and Relies Less on Summative Testing to Define School Quality
  • NY The Education Trust-New York: Ensure Implementation of NYS ESSA Plan Emphasizes Accountability and Transparency
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Protect Accountability System
  • OK Oklahoma Achieves: Implement New A-F Accountability System
  • TN Tennessee SCORE: No Backward Movement On School, District, and State Accountability
  • TN TennesseeCAN: Defense and Support for ESSA Implementation
  • WA DFER Washington: Higher Accountability for Education Dollars
  • WA League of Education Voters: Improve School Accountability Measures

IMPROVING FISCAL TRANSPARENCY

Thirteen members report currently engaging on this topic.

  • AZ A for Arizona: Watch Implementation of School Level Budget Transparency
  • CA Ed Trust-West: Transparency in Funding
  • CO Stand for Children Colorado: Explicit Reporting on How Targeted Funds are Being Spent
  • DE Rodel Foundation: Utilize ESSA Fiscal Transparency Requirement
  • GA Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: Cost Assessment to Get Real World Costs of K-12
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Leverage ESSA to Increase the Integrity and Transparency of Per Pupil Spending at the School Level
  • MN Educators for Excellence-Minnesota: Establish More Financial Transparency on Per Pupil Spending
  • NE Educate Nebraska: Move Forward With a Financial Transparency Policy Introduced in 2017
  • NY Educators for Excellence-New York: Work to Increase Transparency Through School Level Budgeting Reports Required in State ESSA Plan
  • OK Oklahoma Achieves: Improve School Fiscal Transparency
  • WA DFER Washington: Keep Accountability for Education Dollars Higher
  • WA League of Education Voters: Improve Spending Transparency
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Ensure Latest Education Investments are Allocated Toward Systemically Underserved Populations

SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

Eleven members report currently engaging on this topic.

  • AL A+ Education Partnership: Implement A-F School Report Card Law
  • AZ A for Arizona: Improve Preliminary A-F School Rating System
  • DC DFER District Of Columbia: Student Outcome-Focused State Report Card that is Useful to Parents
  • DC PAVE: State Report Card
  • IL Advance Illinois: Equitable, Valid, and Generally Accepted School Rankings under the New Accountability System
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Work for Strong School & District Report Cards for ESSA
  • MN Educators for Excellence-Minnesota: Ensure Parent-Friendly ESSA Report Cards and Implementation
  • MN EdAllies: School Accountability System that Allows the Public to Advocate for Improvement by Providing Transparent, Actionable Information
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Improve State Report Card
  • OK Oklahoma Achieves: Implement New A-F Accountability System
  • SC SouthCarolinaCAN: Keep Current Report Cards in Place
  • TX Texas Aspires: Implementation of A-F

TRANSPARENCY IN ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM

Eleven members report currently engaging on this topic.

  • AR Arkansas Learns: Implementation of ESSA so Schools and Districts Cannot Hide from Clarity, Accountability, and Transparency in Regard to Performance and Growth
  • CA The Education Trust-West: Increase Transparency, Heighten Accountability for Gap Closure
  • CA EdVoice: Expose Academic Failure, Achievement Gaps, and Lack of True Accountability System
  • CA GO Public Schools: Improved District Data Use and Transparency in West Contra Costa Unified (WCCUSD)
  • CO A+ Colorado: Provide Achievement Data for All Student Groups
  • CO DFER Colorado: Address Overreach of Data Protection Legislation that has Limited the Ability to See Disaggregated Data
  • KS AlignEd: Policy to Implement Building Level Accountability/Transparency
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Increase School Performance Data Integrity and Accessibility
  • MI The Education Trust-Midwest: Greater Transparency
  • MN EdAllies: Create Strong Statewide System for School Accountability that Effectively Identifies Schools in Need of Improvement, and Allows the Public to Advocate for Improvement by Providing Transparent, Actionable Information
  • NY The Education Trust-New York: Ensure Implementation of ESSA Plan Emphasizes Accountability and Transparency

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT POLICIES

Six members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • CA Innovate Public Schools: Produce Report Highlighting Best Schools for Low Income Black and Latino Students
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Develop True Consequences for Schools at the End of the Clock
  • CO A+ Colorado: Fix DPS School Performance Framework
  • CO Ready Colorado: Provide Clarity for State Consequences
  • IL Advance Illinois: Ensure State’s Roll-out of the School Supports System Under ESSA Leads to Meaningful Information and Ultimately Successful School Transformation
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Innovation Zones as Approach to School Turnaround
  • MA Teach Plus-Massachusetts: Provide More Options to Customize Approaches for Improvement

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS IN ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Four members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AL A+ Education Partnership: Further Understanding/Awareness of Six CCR Indicators Included in AL’s Accountability Plan
  • CA Innovate Public Schools: Produce a Report on College Readiness in our Geographies, Press Districts for Improved Performance
  • CO A+ Colorado: Get State to Provide Information on College Matriculation for All HS
  • OK Oklahoma Achieves: Drive Standards and Accountability to be Set on College and Career Readiness

Expertise on this Issue

Below are members with experience who offered themself as thought partners on this issue.

  • A+ Colorado, Van Schoales, CEO: School Ratings, Accountability, and District Improvement
  • A for Arizona, Becky Hill, Senior Policy Director: Expansion of Excellence, Particularly Schools Closing Achievement Gaps
  • Oklahoma Achieves, Jennifer Monies, Executive Director, A-F accountability
  • EdVoice, Bill Lucia, President & CEO, Accountability and Transparency
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio, Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy: State/district/school Report Cards
  • Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Linda Noonan, Executive Director: Accountability
  • Tennessee SCORE, Mary Cypress, Chief of Staff: ESSA implementation
  • Stand for Children Louisiana: Mallory Wall-Padgett, Government Affairs Director: Advocating around Accountability and Transparency
  • Rodel Foundation of Delaware, Neil Kirschling, Senior Program Officer, ESSA Fiscal Transparency
  • GeorgiaCAN, Michael O’Sullivan, Executive Director: Fiscal Transparency
  • The Education Trust-West, Jelena Hasbrouck, Assistant Director of Communication: Insider Policy Channels and External Media and Partnership Channels for Accountability

Members most frequently listed The Education Trust, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and Bellwether Education Partners as go-tos for advice and resources on accountability and transparency.

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