AdvancED Develops New Framework to Help Design ESSA State Accountability Systems

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AdvancED to Host Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Accountability Symposium for State Education Agency Leaders to Unveil New Continuous Improvement Accountability Framework

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“We want to help state education agencies and accountability leaders thoughtfully plan, design and implement their ESSA accountability systems with a learner-centric focus and systemic structure to promote and ensure continuous improvement.

AdvancED has developed a new accountability framework focused on continuous improvement to help states create a more inclusive, learner-centric education accountability system. To support states with their improvement efforts, AdvancED® will host an ESSA Accountability Symposium in Chicago on Thursday, June 23 where it will unveil its accountability framework. The symposium will be held for select forward-thinking state education agency (SEA) leaders to collaborate and receive expert guidance and support as they prepare to design their state accountability systems.

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act which replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act, states have until January 2017 to submit their plans to the U.S. Department of Education for how they will design their state education accountability system. Several states have sought assistance from AdvancED, the world’s leading expert in school improvement and accreditation services, which recently released a whitepaper, Designing State Accountability Systems for Continuous School Improvement: A Call to Action, on the subject. During the invitation-only event, AdvancED experts will counsel and provide thought leadership to help state education leaders design accountability systems that will drive improvement for every learner, teacher, leader and community.

“Just because the runway is short to get this done doesn’t mean state leaders should barrel down the runway without a plan,” said Dr. Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancED. “We want to help state education agencies and accountability leaders thoughtfully plan, design and implement their ESSA accountability systems with a learner-centric focus and systemic structure to promote and ensure continuous improvement.”

With the enactment of ESSA, states are seeking assistance and a framework that will help them design and structure a cohesive accountability system in the best interest of students while complying with the new law. Most state leaders could benefit from a shared conversation and access to the customizable AdvancED Accountability Framework. More than an opportunity to collaborate and learn how other states are challenged by and leading their accountability efforts, participants will emerge from the symposium with a framework document that will help them move forward with designing a continuous improvement-focused accountability system in their home state. This is an opportunity for state education agency leaders to both benefit from and contribute to transforming the next generation of accountability in this country. For more information about the AdvancED ESSA Accountability Symposium, visit the event website.

About AdvancED
AdvancED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site school quality reviews of Pre-K through 12 schools and school systems to help educators and their communities ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in accreditation, AdvancED is also committed to help schools improve. Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, we serve as a trusted partner to over 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 71 other nations.

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