Yearly Report Act: Hold schools more accountable towards school fundings.

Yearly Report Act: Hold schools more accountable towards school fundings.

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Julie Phan started this petition to Federal Government and

With the creation of the ESSA, it reduced federal power in education. Sharita Forrest, an education editor, stated that “the U.S. Dept. of Education would not be able to tell states how or when to assess, and the role of assessment in evaluating teachers and schools would be gone”.

Previously, the NCLB Act granted the federal government power to have the Highly Qualified Teacher policy, which restricted many teachers but produced excellent teachers for students from Title 1 schools. However, since the ESSA removed this, the federal government was no longer in control. This was an acceptable improvement for teachers because they had more freedom since there was no more testing strictness. Although that was good news for states, Los Angeles Times figured it also meant that schools could “abandon federal curriculum and performance standards in favor of greater state autonomy”. By having more freedom, the school focused less on the students’ achievement and performance and instead focused on creating new plans for schools. With the federal government having less power and the states using a different system of accountability, it created an irregularity practice for school plans leading to inconsistency in different schools. With that said, this law is ineffective in creating improving results for students. States only have to improve their lowest-performing students--the bottom 5%--to be clear from the government.

By establishing the Yearly Reports Act as a state policy where the school administration has to provide detailed reports to the state government, they will be able to hold the schools accountable with the fundings they receive to make sure they are using the fundings for the right resources. Holding the schools accountable for the fundings is important because if not, they will misuse the money they receive.

The first report would contain a thorough summary of how the schools spend and how much they spend their school fundings. This way, the state government is able to hold the schools accountable for how they use the fundings correctly or incorrectly. Although it may be strict, it ensures that the government will have full access to the school’s bank. The second report would be a record of the student’s progress in class--test scores, grades, etc--to show if their performance is improving or not when using the resources the schools are providing. This report will guarantee the students’ success rate with the programs that are implemented throughout the school and if it has an effective result. If not, then the school should replace the program with something else that will. It’ll be a good chance to do trial-and-error. With this policy established throughout the states, it will assure that the fundings are used properly and transparently and allow the schools to be held accountable. With transparent funding, it’ll benefit the state government and the students since they’ll know where the fundings are going.

 

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