ESSA's accountability system requirements indicate that states must include multiple measures, use a continuum of readiness indicators, and provide usable data for educators. Meaningful data includes measures and data formats that enable educators to track students' progress toward college and career readiness and to make adjustments to educational inputs. The following resources provides guidance on meaningful college and career readiness measures and indicators.
What Can States Learn About College and Career Readiness Accountability Measures From Alternative Education? | August 2016
ESSA provides states the opportunity to revise or design new accountability systems that include measures for all students, including at-risk students participating in alternative education settings. This Ask the CCRS Center brief provides states with concrete examples of accountability measures used in alternative education settings in three major categories: (1) readiness to receive education, (2) demonstration of learning, and (3) readiness for college and career.
How Are States Reporting on College and Career Readiness? | August 2015
How are states tracking and reporting progress on college and career readiness using meaningful data as required by ESSA? This brief describes the range of college and career readiness measures that states are currently reporting publicly and recommendations to improve measures.
Measurement Practice Guide | November 2014
This discussion guide is designed to help states develop meaningful data by define measurement goals, select college and career readiness measures and indicators designed to support those goals, and use the data gathered with those measures and indicators to make informed decisions about college and career readiness policies, programs, and interventions.