An Introduction to Accountability Implementation

A Preface to the Operations, Performance Standards, and Evaluation Resources

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This brief presents a high-level conceptualization of how accountability and improvement systems are intended to work together and why SEAs should consider developing a validity argument for their accountability and improvement systems. Additionally, it describes three key areas of accountability implementation that states are primed to leverage for sources of evidence and information to support their system validity arguments. These areas include operations and quality control, setting performance expectations for schools, and establishing plans for monitoring and evaluating their accountability systems. While the full resources go into greater detail for each topic, we hope this resource describes the importance of these activities and how they can lead to defensible identification systems that inform—and are informed by—statewide systems of support.

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