Communicating Performance: A Best Practice Resource for Encouraging Use of State and School Report Cards

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This resource highlights practices and questions to help state education agencies increase use of state and school report cards for decision-making and continuous school improvement. Understanding report card design and current use is critical to increase their use by stakeholders to improve student outcomes. This document also explores how state and school report cards can support a more coherent approach to effectively utilizing the available array of statewide data and public reporting tools, ensuring that each metric strengthens the picture of student, school, and district performance. We hope this resource can help states identify next steps in the development, integration, and promotion of state and school report cards to increase use and reinforce efforts to improve student performance and equity.

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