Using Data to Measure Accountability

By UELIP Associate: Angel Gonzales

Having spent some time researching and reporting on data at the state level for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think-tank, I believed that I understood the discourse around accountability pretty well. Students either hit proficiency levels or show growth through value-added measures. This data gives analysts a good idea of how a school is performing and a general idea of how school districts are functioning. At the state and national levels, government officials and policy institutions use data to move forward their ideas on how children should be taught. This is all well and good but I kept on asking myself, “How did districts conceptualize data?” Continue reading “Using Data to Measure Accountability”