Rethinking School Accountability Report

Sen. Pat Jehlen releases school accountability report that highlights the lowlights of Massachusetts school and district accountability rankings.

In a 63-page report, the office of Massachusetts Senator Patricia Jehlen outlines the failure of the existing school and district accountability system to yeild meaningful change to public school students. You can read the full report here.

The report goes on to make specific recommendations which are supported by the 2015 Every Student succeeds Act (ESSA) and actionable steps by both the legislature and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The recommendations include increasing funding for schools, more involvements of the local community in school improvement plans, fewer “disruptive” interventions (such as removing staff, limiting contractual rights or even closure), and a limitation on labeling all schools by performance level.