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Quality School Ratings: Trends in Evaluating School Academic Quality

Lyria Boast and Tim Field

Parents, policymakers, and educators are committed to identifying great schools and calling attention to failing ones, but they often lack the tools to distinguish adequately between the two. The proliferation of available student data, advancements in analytic methods, and increased public demand for school quality information has spurred innovation and diversification in school quality rating systems. But with this rapid evolution comes the challenge to understand and track these diverse systems’ characteristics. This report conducts an inventory of state and district school rating systems, as well as independent rating systems from charter and education reform organizations.