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Accountability in State ESSA Plans

This tracking tool summarizes the components of states' accountability systems submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provided an opportunity for states to rethink their accountability systems and redesign them to emphasize multiple measures of student and school performance, including academic achievement, student growth, graduation rates, improving the English language proficiency of English learners, and other indicators of school quality and student success. States took different approaches to developing their state plans under ESSA. Many states took the opportunity to develop a new vision and strategy for their education systems and designed an accountability system to incent improved student outcomes. Other states approached the development of a state ESSA plan as an exercise to meet new federal requirements for their accountability systems. As a result, states provided varying levels of detail in their plans, and states may have a more comprehensive approach to accountability that is not reflected in their state ESSA plan. Despite these disparate approaches, all states have provided details about the structure, components, and weighting of their accountability systems as required by ESSA.

This tracker summarizes states' long term goals for student achievement and graduation rates, along with the accountability indicators and weighting included in states’ plans submitted under ESSA. It is limited to the information included in state plans, and may not fully reflect a state’s approach to accountability.

Please select a state to view the accountability indicators included in the state’s plan. You may also select two states to compare.