2020 Member Priorities: High Expectations
January 20, 2020

Accountability and Measurement

Network members come together around their commitment to four specific policy ideas: high expectations, great educators, innovative options, and responsive systems. The details below reflect members work on high expectations. Read on for examples of how advocacy leaders across the Network are working in this area to support systems and policies that hold students and educators to consistently high standards for learning, measure and provide actionable and clear data on progress, and establish shared responsibility for results. Click here to explore the full 2020 Network Member Priorities overview.

How many Network members are prioritizing policies to support high expectations?

Twenty-eight PIE Network members in 21 states are prioritizing policies to support high expectations in 2020—a nearly 40 percent increase from 2019. Many members plan to focus on measurement and accountability systems, data and transparency, among other issues.

What initiatives are Network members prioritizing?

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who plan to work on similar policies to support high expectations. Click on one of the orange bullets below to jump directly to that topic. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, reach out for an introduction.

Academic Standards

  • Idaho | Idaho Business for Education: Idaho Core Standards defense
  • Massachusetts | Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Impact the state’s upcoming process to set a new high school graduation standard, advocating for a higher bar to ensure a high school diploma is a more accurate indicator of a student’s readiness for the ever increasing demands of the knowledge economy
  • New Jersey | JerseyCAN: Maintain high academic standards and aligned assessments
  • Washington | Partnership for Learning: Ensure state remains committed to rigorous high school graduation requirements

Accountability Systems

  • Arizona | Expect More Arizona: Monitor and inform accountability systems to ensure they are clear, consistent, and equitable for our students, educators, and schools
  • California | GO Public Schools: Support the success of a new quality measurement tool through community engagement across district and charter sectors in Oakland
  • Colorado | Ready Colorado: Defend accountability and measurement
  • Connecticut | ConnCAN: Support legislation to bolster accountability measures
  • Georgia | GeorgiaCAN: Ensure the state keeps strong accountability, assessments and standards frameworks
  • Indiana | Stand for Children Indiana: Defend accountability
  • Mississippi | Mississippi First: Calculating growth for K-3 schools that are not part of an existing LEA (looking at both SEA accountability systems as well as leading authorizers’ systems)
  • New York | StudentsFirstNY: Defense against poison pills and so-called accountability measures
  • New Mexico | NewMexicoKidsCAN: Sustain systems that provide families and educators with critical information about school, educator & student performance (protect quality assessment, teacher eval & school accountability)
  • Tennessee | Tennesseans for Student Success: Protect TN’s teacher, school, and district accountability system
  • Tennessee | TennesseeCAN: Protect successful reforms that ensure high academic standards, an aligned assessment, and a robust accountability framework
  • Texas | Texas Aspires: Defend assessment and accountability system while looking for opportunities to champion improvement

Curricula and Instruction

  • Mississippi | Mississippi First: Launch a communications campaign to increase demand among teachers and administrators for high-quality curricula

Data and Transparency

  • California | Educators for Excellence-Los Angeles: Promote the value of growth data and the use of data by classroom teachers to the LAUSD board
  • Colorado | A+ Colorado: Support state and district investment in public communication of school quality data
  • Colorado | A+ Colorado: Defend academic measures in school quality communications
  • Colorado | A+ Colorado: Partner with community based organizations to leverage data for their advocacy and organizing efforts
  • Illinois | Advance Illinois: Work to implement the P20 Data Task Force recommendations to build a stronger state data system and capacity (including shedding light on data capacity at local and state level)
  • Minnesota | EdAllies: Protect access to student performance data that is student-centered, clear for the public, comparable across the state, and standards-aligned.
  • Nevada | Opportunity 180: Defend the value of data
  • Washington | Democrats for Education Reform Washington: Improved data and tracking systems for student results

Measurement and Assessment

School Improvement

  • Colorado | Democrats for Education Reform Colorado: Support legislation to proactively support schools who are at risk of attaining “turnaround” status
  • Colorado | Colorado League of Charter Schools: Support policies aimed at better recognizing and rewarding schools that are “beating the odds” for some of our state’s most historically underserved student populations
  • Connecticut | ConnCAN: Support legislation to extend an achievement gap taskforce that is already in statute
  • Hawaii | HawaiiKidsCAN: Launch a statewide campaign to close the achievement gap by 2030.
  • Massachusetts | Massachusetts Parents United: Engaging families in Springfield, MA concerning the state the city’s schools and possible solutions
  • Nevada | Opportunity 180: Organize families and students to activate towards school quality initiatives


  • Alabama | A+ Education Partnership: Support funding and legislation to implement “Alabama’s Roadmap for STEM Success”

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