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School Report Cards

School report cards are central to education accountability reforms. School report cards convey information about school and student performance to stakeholders across the education system. They are available at the state, district, and school levels and include educational indicators or statistics that characterize various aspects of the school. This entry begins by providing background on school report cards and their purpose, followed by a review of the information included in the report cards, with special emphasis on accountability indicators. It concludes with a discussion on the limitations of school report cards.

Background and Purpose

The notion of report cards for schools is not new. They have been in existence in various forms in the United States since the 1980s. At that time, school report cards were not ...

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