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Issue Brief

Next Generation Accountability: Creating Performance Frameworks for Student Success

Author(s): Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, State Policy, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement

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This issue brief explores how policymakers can approach rethinking, redesigning, and rearchitecting next generation accountability systems.

Next generation accountability systems can empower states, districts, communities, and schools with timely, relevant information and provide the capacity to analyze and continuously improve instruction and learning.

After 21 years of the current accountability framework in federal and state policy in the United States, there is growing recognition that it isn’t working for our students, families, and communities to improve teaching and learning, nor preparing them for the future.

Continuously improving education systems use evidence-based practices and performance frameworks to improve learning and monitor progress in real time. In response to ongoing feedback and data, they drive change to improve and evolve practice. Continuously improving systems evolve culture and structures to ensure that students get the supports they need in real time to support growth and success.