Setting Goals in School Accountability Systems: A Focus on ESSA

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This paper discusses challenges with setting appropriate goals that are ambitious and achievable within the state's accountability context. The paper also provides practical guidance for state policymakers and designers of school accountability systems to set appropriate goals. Goals will be discussed in general, but the focus of this paper is on helping states develop long-term goals that meet their needs based on the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regarding goals in the context of states’ school accountability systems.

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