Massachusetts has the outline of a plan for how it will rate schools.
The state has proposed weights of its indicators in its accountability system, but it plans to revisit those decisions in the coming months. Once the indicators are combined, each school will be assigned to a tier, qualifying it for specific levels of support or intervention.
The state has also committed to identifying a number of schools with low-performing subgroups for targeted support.
Massachusetts states that it will model out its plan once it has additional data, but for now it’s difficult to know what that will look like.
Educators, parents, and communities deserve — and indeed, need — to understand the state’s thinking behind its final weighting system. Further, the state explains that it plans to reset the index ranges each year, but it does not explain how the state would make those changes, why it would do so, or how any changes would be communicated to educators and parents. To drive improvement behaviors, all of this must be transparent.