How Members are Prioritizing Accountability and Transparency
February 16, 2017

2017 Outlook

The Network will very likely experience a surge in member activity around accountability and transparency in 2017. With the Every Student Succeeds Act placing states in the driver’s seat of their accountability systems, many advocates are optimistic they can improve accountability and transparency. On the other hand, some advocates noted ESSA’s return of power to the states coupled with a new administration and uncertainty around ESSA regulations as a perfect storm that could actually damage their state accountability systems’ effectiveness.  

Key takeaways

  • Every organization said they were at least watching this issue carefully, indicating the entire Network is thinking about accountability and transparency.
  • Accountability changes under ESSA are making a huge impact on state reform agendas. More so than any other issue, 90 percent of survey respondents said they are planning to engage on this issue.
  • Advocates are aggressively pursuing accountability systems, and many groups are also zooming in on summative ratings, school report cards, and school improvement strategies.
  • Compared to last year, accountability and transparency is a larger focus of the Network. ESSA had just become law at the end of 2015, whereas state plans are due in 2017.

State Snapshot

46 PIE Network members in 26 states are planning to engage on this issue, either as a high priority or on their to-do list, in 2017. Click the map to see the full list

High Priority Issues

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said accountability and transparency was a high priority and are working on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Laura for an e-intro.

26 members said state accountability systems are a high priority

  • Advance Illinois
  • Colorado Succeeds
  • Democrats for Education Reform District of Columbia
  • Educators 4 Excellence-New York
  • EdVoice
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future
  • Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • GeorgiaCAN
  • League of Education Voters
  • One Chance Illinois
  • Parent Revolution
  • Prichard Committee
  • Rodel Foundation of Delaware
  • SouthCarolinaCAN
  • Stand for Children Arizona
  • Stand for Children Colorado
  • Stand for Children Illinois
  • Stand for Children Louisiana
  • Stand for Children Massachusetts
  • Tennessee SCORE
  • TennesseeCAN
  • Texas Aspires
  • The Education Trust-Midwest
  • The Education Trust-New York

7 members said school turnaround and interventions is a high priority

  • A+ Colorado
  • Advance Illinois
  • Connecticut Council for Education Reform
  • Stand for Children Colorado
  • Stand for Children Washington
  • SouthCarolinaCAN
  • TennesseeCAN

7 members said summative ratings and school report cards are a high priority

  • A for Arizona
  • Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri
  • Educate Nebraska
  • Parent Revolution
  • Stand for Children Arizona
  • Student Success California
  • SouthCarolinaCAN

Looking for expertise on accountability and transparency issues? 

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




Democrats for Education Reform D.C. Catherine Bellinger District and charter accountability
The Education Trust-New York Ian Rosenblum ESSA coalition-building
Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana Leslie Leavoy ESSA implementation
The Education Trust-Midwest Brian Gutman Accountability and quality frameworks
Stand for Children Louisiana Carrie Monica Approaches to ESSA
GeorgiaCAN Michael O’Sullivan Turnaround districts
Stand for Children Colorado Jeani Frickey Saito School-level turnaround
Connecticut Council for Education Reform Jeffrey Villar Connecticut Alliance District Program
TennesseeCAN Charlie Bufalino State-run turnarounds

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

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