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Trends and Opportunities in Accountability for Alternative Education

02/20/2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET




Discussion of alternative education is growing across the country as states and districts look for ways to better serve students whose needs are not met in traditional school settings. Alternative settings vary greatly in how they operate, whom they aim to enroll, how they are held accountable, and their ability to provide high-quality educational pathways for at-risk youth. According to the 2017 Building a Grad Nation report, alternative schools are overrepresented in identified low-graduation-rate high schools, indicating the need to create accountability systems that ensure high quality education among alternative settings and that measure these settings’ progress and success in supporting at-risk youth.

This webinar will discuss a new brief by Civic Enterprises and the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) entitled Measuring Success: Accountability for Alternative Education. This brief addresses four key opportunities states have both within and outside of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to better understand and ultimately improve alternative education: the definition of alternative education used, accountability system structure, accountability measures, and mechanisms for continuous improvement. This brief was informed by a state scan conducted by AYPF of approaches to alternative education before the implementation of ESSA, and the webinar shared key findings from this scan. As many states continue to explore innovative approaches to accountability, the webinar provided a state perspective to illustrate how accountability systems can be inclusive of alternative settings in practice.

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Jennifer DePaoli, Senior Research & Policy Advisor, Civic Enterprises

  • Dr. Julie Magee, Director of Accountability, Wyoming Department of Education

  • Jesse Kannam, Policy Research Assistant, American Youth Policy Forum

  • Moderator: Jenna Tomasello, Policy Associate, American Youth Policy Forum

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