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States’ Continued Commitment to Next-Generation Accountability Systems

In 2011, CCSSO, on behalf of the states, released a vision for accountability as laid out in nine accountability principles (the Principles). These Principles were intended to serve as the framework for advancing state accountability systems beyond the limitations of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While our understanding of effective practices in accountability evolves, these Principles continue to serve as an important framework for our vision for accountability systems. States remain committed to these Principles and will continue to design and implement systems that align to this framework.

Outlined in this document are the principles as well as examples of states that have utilized these principles in their state accountability systems.   The principles are:

  1. Alignment of performance goals to college- and career-ready standards 
  2. Annual determinations for each school and district
  3. Focus on student outcomes
  4. Continued commitment to disaggregation
  5. Reporting of timely, actionable, and accessible data
  6. Deeper diagnostic reviews 
  7. Building school and district capacity
  8. Targeting lowest performing schools
  9. Innovation, evaluation, and continuous improvement

  For questions or comments please contact Katie Carroll

Contact:Katie Carrollkatie.carroll@ccsso.org202-312-6434