When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 1:30 — 3:30 p.m.
A quality education for all students is a prerequisite for an economy that increases opportunity, prosperity, and broadly shared growth. School accountability policies, in which school performance is evaluated based on clear metrics, have developed over the past few decades as a strategy central to assessing and achieving progress toward this goal. The new federal education law—the Every Student Succeeds Act—changes the national accountability structure established by No Child Left Behind, empowering states to design and implement state-wide accountability systems. In addition to test-based metrics and graduation rates, ESSA required states to hold schools accountable for a least one other measure of “school quality or student success.”
On April 25, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and the George W. Bush Institute will co-host a forum to explore whether broadening the scope of school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act will spur states and schools toward improving school quality and student achievement. The forum will feature framing remarks by Jason Botel, principal deputy assistant secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, and a roundtable discussion with: Scott Brabrand, superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools; Ajit Gopalakrishnan, chief performance officer, Department of Education, State of Connecticut; Sandra Diodonet, assistant superintendent, Paterson, New Jersey; Broderick Johnson, chair, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Obama Foundation; and Javaid E. Siddiqi, president and CEO, The Hunt Institute. Alyson Klein, assistant editor, Education Week, will moderate the roundtable.
The event will also include introductory remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and research presentations from Jay Shambaugh, director, The Hamilton Project, senior fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution and Anne Wicks, director, Education Reform, George W. Bush Institute.
The event will coincide with the release of a new Hamilton Project strategy paper on ESSA implementation, offering states an actionable framework for reducing rates of chronic absenteeism. It will also highlight the George W. Bush Institute’s recent work in accountability including The A Word series, and two new spotlight sections of the State of Our Cities tool, which offers comparable education data profiles of major U.S. cities. The new spotlights on chronic absenteeism and college and career readiness synthesize research and data and provide strategies for city leaders to confront new challenges related to school accountability.