Making Next Year Count

The COVID-19 pandeimc is disrupting our entire system of K-12 education, including assessment and accountabilty. I contributed to a new series of briefs from Bellwether that examine the past and present of school accountabilty to help inform their next interation:

As a global pandemic interrupted purposefully designed systems of testing and accountability, we are left with critical questions: How does the underlying theory of standards-based accountability and its foundational goals of equity and transparency hold up decades later? What do key stakeholders need from these systems now? Given what we’ve learned from decades of successes and failures, how should these systems continue to evolve in the face of mounting political opposition?

The series includes three briefs:

  • The Historical Roots and Theory of Change of Modern School Accountability
  • The Impact of Standards-Based Accountability
  • Assessment and Accountability in the Wake of COVID-19

Check out all three briefs here.