Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability

Accountability and Assessment


Grading Education: Making New York’s Schools More Accountable (pdf)
March 2007
New York’s renewed interest in overhauling its educational accountability system holds a great deal of promise, however, the current system simply is not designed nor equipped to deliver the level of accountability that is needed.  The report provides a history of accountability in New York, provisions in place under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, and a summary of reforms proposals being considered in New York.  Six key recommendations are made, including measuring student academic growth over time, making the accountability transparent and understandable to the public at large, fairer and more accurate labeling of schools based on their academic results, eliminating conflicts of interest in the scoring of state assessments, shrinking the turnaround time for reporting results, and providing real incentives and consequences for schools.