July 11, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303
“Working together we can improve
The overarching goal for the design team will be to develop a growth-based accountability system that will consider multiple measures of student and school performance focused on college and career readiness. Every publicly funded school — traditional public schools, charter schools, or choice schools — should be part of this new accountability system. The system will identify high-performing schools and replicate best practices across the state and provide technical assistance and support to improve the lowest-performing schools. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) “Roadmap for Next-Generation State Accountability Systems” will be a resource for the design team’s work. With the help of the University of Wisconsin—Madison’s La Follette Institute of Public Affairs, the design team will participate in panel discussions later this summer to gain background information on developing an accountability system that provides accurate, transparent, and comprehensive information that promotes improvement in every school.
Walker and Evers will co-chair the design team along with the chairs of the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly education committees. Invited members will include representatives from Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB), Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA), Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS), Cooperative Educational Service Agencies Network (CESA), Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), American Federation of Teachers – Wisconsin (AFT), Wisconsin Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Wisconsin Charter Schools Association (WCSA), Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), School Choice Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER)/ Value Added Research Center (VARC). Additionally, members of business organizations and representatives from the state’s public and private colleges and universities will be invited to join the design team.
“The design team’s work has the potential to transform educational accountability in
“We can’t hope to improve education in our state without listening to the parents and students who depend on our schools, the educators who work in our classrooms, the administrators and board members who drive local decisions, and the community members who support strong schools,” Evers said. “The design team will create multiple opportunities for participation and feedback, and we hope that the people of