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1 States Leading the Way: New Accountability Models & ESEA Reauthorization Gene Wilhoit September 8, 2011

2  States have a unique and timely opportunity to assert responsibility and authority for improving student achievement.  These new models capitalize on recent state-led reforms to adopt accountability systems that better promote college- and career-readiness for all students and schools.  These models move beyond NCLB while building upon the positive aspects of NCLB accountability systems. 2

3  Composed of bipartisan group of 20 state chiefs and SEA leaders. Rural and Urban states.  Over a year and half of robust meetings and discussions to develop a framework for next- generation state accountability systems.  Drew heavily upon states experiences in implementing accountability systems over the past two decades along with the knowledge of various experts and the latest research 3

4  Statement of Principles and Processes  Roadmap for Next- Generation State Accountability Systems  Federal legislative language 4

5 For each state to advance the goals of college- and career-readiness, we have to establish accountability systems that are consistent with several core principles:  Anchored in college- and career-readiness  Annual accountability determinations for all public schools and districts  Determinations focused on student academic outcomes (status & growth), including but not limited to improved state reading/math assessments and accurate graduation rates  Continued disaggregation of student data in order to address achievement gaps  Transparent reporting of information in a timely and actionable manner  Deeper analysis and diagnostic reviews of schools and districts to inform meaningful supports and interventions  Building capacity for significant and sustained improvement  Supports and interventions, including most significant targeted to the lowest- performing schools & districts  Continuous system evaluation, innovation, and improvement 5

6 Implications for ESEA Reauthorization/NCLB Waivers State are taking a leading role on accountability and must develop accountability models that move beyond NCLB and support continuous improvement.  State leadership will change the dynamic of the negotiations, rather than waiting for ED or Congressional Action  If ESEA is reauthorized soon, it should codify the Principles while providing maximum room for state flexibility and innovation, including continuous improvement  If ESEA reauthorization is delayed, states will notify the Secretary of Education of their intent to exercise waiver authority under NCLB Section 9401 to seek approval for state-based accountability systems consistent with these Principles 6

7 NCLB Waivers ESEA talks are moving forward, but are unlikely to result in rapid reauthorization, making NCLB waivers the most likely path to accountability system reform.  NCLB Section 9401 expressly creates broad authority for states to propose, and the Secretary to approve, policies that go beyond NCLB statutory requirements to support student achievement.  CCSSO's accountability work presents a state innovation model for waivers including development of state proposals, collaborative peer review, and Secretarial approval.  Discussion on specific approaches to this continue with CCSSO's advocacy team, and are making progress. 7

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