State seeks comments on new accountability system

The State Board of Education is seeking feedback on a proposed new statewide accountability system, to measure educational progress in Idaho school districts, public schools and charter schools.

Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states must have an accountability system in place for 2017-18. (ESSA replaced the No Child Left Behind education law, and gives states expanded authority to create accountability measures.) In January, the State Board assigned its Accountability Oversight Committee to develop a new system. The board intends to test the system in 2016-17, allowing school districts to provide feedback before full implementation.

The committee developed a framework for a new accountability system along with a survey. A draft of the framework and the survey can be found at https://boardofed.idaho.gov/k_12/accountability/accountability.asp.

The survey will be conducted through June 7. Responses will be compiled and provided to the Accountability Oversight Committee for consideration during its June 13 meeting.

Idaho has been without a school accountability measure since 2013, when the state last updated its five-star school ratings.