States grade their school districts each year based on accountability tests and other factors. In California, The Education Trust-West has created its own report cards for the state’s largest 148 school districts. The group proved to be a pretty tough grader.
The group’s evaluation focuses on the academic achievement and graduation rates of three targeted groups: Latinos, African-Americans, and low-income students. The four categories are performance, academic improvement over five years, the size of the achievement gap, and college readiness.
The Education Trust makes a number of recommendations to the state based on its findings:
– Report data on achievements gaps between groups, so the public is better informed on the issue.
– Analyze district, school, and subgroup improvement scores, therefore showing progress made over time.
– Focus more on college readiness
The report also noted that successful districts tended to use data to make decisions, zeroing in down to the classroom teacher, grade level, school and district level. In addition, successful districts tended to focus on parent involvement.