Accountability for Alternative Education Thought Leaders’ Meeting

Our nation has set a goal to ensure that 90 percent of our students graduate high school by 2020. Data show that alternative high schools are overrepresented in low graduation rate high schools, or schools that fail to graduate one-third or more of their students. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is an opportunity to examine the important role these alternative settings play in ensuring that all students have a pathway to a secondary credential, and are ultimately prepared for postsecondary education, careers, and life. It is also an important time for states to reflect on the general purpose of accountability and its role in ensuring quality and continuous improvement of educational institutions.  This though leaders’ meeting previewed a forthcoming policy brief on alternative education accountability (AYPF and Civic Enterprises), as well as an alternative education toolkit (Education Northwest). Discussions centered around the four components to be considered in the creation of robust systems for high-quality alternative education.


What Can States Learn About College and Career Readiness Accountability Measures from Alternative Education?

NY Times article: New York Schools for Off-Track Students May Face Stricter Rules

How do states define alternative education (ICF International, 2014)

Propublica Report: ‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System

Alternative Accountability Policy Forum

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF’s events and policy reports are made possible by the support of a consortium of philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.

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