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How To Improve D.C.’s Flawed School Accountability Plan

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via The Washington Post
Thursday, April 6, 2017

D.C.’s recently approved plan to hold schools accountable for strong student outcomes fails to meet the educational needs of high achievers — especially those growing up in poverty.

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How To Improve New Jersey’s Flawed School Accountability Plan

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Trentonian
Monday, April 3, 2017

New Jersey’s proposed plan to hold schools accountable for strong student outcomes fails to meet the educational needs of high achievers—especially those growing up in poverty.

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How To Improve Delaware’s School Accountability Plan

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Delaware Online
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Delaware’s proposed plan to hold schools accountable for student outcomes does a lot of things right, but it doesn’t do all it could to meet the educational needs of high achievers, especially those growing up in poverty.

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The Schools We Deserve

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Old-style local control of public schools is fading—except, that is, in charter schools. 

Analysis and Commentary

Don't Leave High-Achieving Poor, Minority Students Behind

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via The Northwest Indiana Times
Friday, January 6, 2017

Indiana needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw, encouraging schools to narrowly focus on the progress of their lowest-performing students.

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Boost Achievers At R.I. High Schools

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Providence Journal
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rhode Island policymakers should act immediately to overhaul the state's high school accountability system. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It created strong incentives for schools to focus all their energy on helping low-performing students get over a modest "proficiency" bar while ignoring the educational needs of high achievers, who were likely to pass state reading and math tests regardless of what happened in the classroom.

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New Federal Law Gives State Chance To Improve School Accountability

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Charlotte Observer
Saturday, December 24, 2016

North Carolina needs to improve its high school accountability system. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to focus on their lowest-performing students’ progress. That’s a worthy and important objective, but it shouldn’t be the only outcome for which they’re held responsible.

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Flexibility Can Boost Education

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Post Bulletin
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Minnesota needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to narrowly focus on the progress of their lowest-performing students. That's a worthy and important objective, but it shouldn't be the only outcome schools are held responsible for.

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Petrilli And Wright: Virginia Shouldn’t Waste Its Unique Opportunity To Overhaul Its School Accountability System

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Roanoke Times
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Virginia needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to narrowly focus on the progress of their lowest-performing students. That’s a worthy and important objective, but it shouldn’t be the only outcome schools are held responsible for.

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Op-ed: Measure Schools' Success With Both High And Low Achievers

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Salt Lake Tribune
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Utah needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to narrowly focus on the progress of their lowest-performing students. That's a worthy and important objective, but it shouldn't be the only outcome schools are held responsible for.

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