The report found that the (Indiana) state education department underestimated the administrative and technical challenges associated with implementing a new accountability system. Because of the loss of key personnel, the department simply ran out of time to perform adequate programming and quality-control work. What’s more, the report said that significant parts of the education community did not trust that the new rating system was accurate and fair.
The report called for more transparency around school-grading decisions in Indiana, and for piloting any new changes to the school accountability system before full implementation. It also recommended a school-rating system that is “as simple as possible, more easily understood…”
Now years later, Delaware is headed down the exact same road, with the exact same policies, and is hitting the exact same potholes….
Just a note: Indiana decided to throw out those politically connected with school reform and replace them with more nuanced and balanced individuals…