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ESEA Accountability


Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Reauthorization Recommendations: Accountability

Policy Recommendations

Develop accountability systems that better support student learning

Ensure subgroup accountability works

Reform school improvement

Rationale for Improvements

The current federal accountability system needs improvement. California’s system provides an alternative method for calculating student performance and, with the addition of a student-level growth component, should be considered a model for the nation. In addition, with the large number of schools presently identified as needing improvement under current law, a more robust set of indicators would allow States to prioritize schools that need the most help over schools that are making progress.

California Overview

California has its state accountability system,– the Academic Performance Index (API) – that operates in conjunction with ESEA. The API system is used to assess the academic progress of schools in the state. The API is calculated by converting a student’s performance on statewide assessments across multiple content areas into points on the API scale. These points are then averaged across all students and all tests. An API is calculated for schools, LEAs, and for each numerically significant subgroup of students at a school or an LEA. The key features of the API include the following:

Questions:   Erika Hughes | EHughes@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0650
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