ESSA requires states to hold schools accountable for how students achieve. This means each state is responsible for having a plan in place to identify schools that are underperforming.
Under the law, there are specific things that must be in the state’s accountability plan.
ESSA requires each state to choose a minimum of five ways to measure school performance. The first four are academic indicators that are mandatory:
The fifth measure must be a way to measure school quality or student success, and states can select more than one way to do this. For example, states can choose to measure any of the following areas:
Under ESSA, the state must use at least five measures to evaluate how schools are serving kids. But the first four academic indicators have the most weight.