Next-Generation Accountability needs states to introduce curriculum-based interim assessments, external review of schools, and focus on continuous improvement to end the time-wasting and guesswork of a flawed school accountability system and shift SEAs from test administrators to improvement coaches.

Nearly a quarter century ago, educators and policymakers came together to develop an accountability system for public education built around end-of-year state assessments that measure the extent to which students meet standards in key subject areas.

By Mark A. Elgart, Ed.D.

In this Cognia white paper, CEO Dr. Mark Elgart calls for a new accountability system that leads to improved student learning. Rather than rank schools based on end-of-year tests, we need assessments given in more frequent intervals that give students and educators useful feedback on how they are doing with what students actually study. New curriculum-aligned assessments can lead the way.