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State looks to create more layered accountability system for schools

LA School Report | May 15, 2015

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By Andrew Ujifusa

The largest state K-12 system in the nation is reformulating its accountability system. Where are things headed for California?

A May 7 discussion at the state Board of Education may provide some key clues. The state’s in the process of moving away from its traditional accountability system, which has been in place since 1999. This system uses an Academic Performance Index (API) that relies heavily on standardized tests, and produces a single score for individual schools. State officials are saying those two measures are no longer enough, and want a new accountability system to incorporate many more elements.

Any new state accountability system wouldn’t be in place before the 2016-17 school year, at the earliest.

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