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We Have Six Service Areas

Lynne Graziano
Chad Aldeman

As more schools prepare students for a high school diploma and college and career readiness, how are states tracking the effectiveness of these programs? Are states tracking the right measures, like whether students are taking and passing advanced courses, completing industry certifications, or pursuing other work-based learning opportunities?

College and Career Readiness, or a New Form of Tracking? looks at what data states are collecting and reporting to ensure all students are on track to be successful in college and career.  We found:

  • Four states — Alaska, Maine, Nebraska, and Oregon — are not yet reporting any college- and career-readiness measures; 
  • Three states — Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — track the five most common college- and career-readiness measures; 
  • Twelve states do not incorporate college- and career-ready measures into state accountability measures; and
  • Only 16 states disaggregate their college and career readiness measures by subgroups, as required by federal education law.


On October 5 at 2 p.m. EST, Bellwether Education Partners will bring together leading voices from government and academia to discuss how the pursuit of evidence to improve our education systems and policies can rebound from this moment. How should educators and evaluators measure student performance moving forward, and what proof points can they use to guide their efforts? What stopgaps are researchers putting in place to address missing data, and how is the U.S. Department of Education considering long-term data collection efforts? What interventions can be used remotely to support equity and inclusion?

Ashley LiBetti
Juliet Squire
Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

Districts across the country play a crucial role in ensuring schools effectively serve students and families. Beyond federal requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act and state-level accountability systems, locally developed school performance frameworks are a key lever for holding schools accountable, particularly for student learning and wellness. 

Kelly Robson
Juliet Squire
Indira Dammu

Over the last 25 years, the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) has invested nearly $5.3 billion into the charter school sector, directing funds to schools in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Approximately 60% of students in CSP grantee schools are from low-income backgrounds and 64% are Black or Hispanic. The CSP has played a critical role in helping the charter sector grow to its current size, serving 3.3 million students in 7,500 schools nationwide. This publication offers an in-depth analysis of the CSP and how it has evolved to better meet the needs of charter schools and the families and communities they serve.