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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
School report card accountability systems have been used in several states to assign letter grades to educational settings with the intent of measuring and expressing school quality. This brief, continuing education course, developed using information from the National Education Policy Center, written by Kenneth R. Howe and Kevin Murray, examines the validity of such systems in aligning with broader educational goals. The extent to which these systems evaluate school quality and performance is examined as well as whether or not they prepare democratic citizens to decide how future schools and societies should be constructed.
1. Summarize recommendations offered by researchers who have examined the validity of school report card systems.
2. Discuss the measures used to determine A-F grades for schools.
3. Analyze rationales for using A-F grading systems across states.
4. Describe the need to ensure that accountability systems promote the formation of democratic character.
5. Evaluate the degree to which A-F grading systems fulfill the aims articulated by proponents.
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