Show Me the Data: DQC’s Annual Analysis of Report Cards

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Show Me the Data: DQC’s Annual Analysis of Report Cards

Since 2016, DQC has looked at report cards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and published our analysis in Show Me the Data. We do this because report cards should provide parents and the public with information about the outcomes of students and schools in their state. But if information that helps paint the full picture of student success and school quality is missing, hard to find, or impossible to understand, families are left in the dark. Here are the resources that can help states use report cards as a tool to prioritize continuous improvement.

Show Me the Data 2016

State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Action

DQC conducted a comprehensive review of report cards, looking at the summative, statewide reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Based on our analysis, we reported that states were missing important opportunities to communicate about state education priorities and school quality because reports were hard to find, full of jargon, and missing important data. The findings teed up a conversation among states and partners about how to improve transparency.

Show Me the Data 2017

States Can Improve Report Cards This Year

DQC’s 2017 analysis found that the landscape of report cards is much the same—many reports were still hard to find and use. But states have made important progress in the types of information they make available. DQC provided four action steps that states can take to improve report cards right now.

Show Me the Data 2019

States Have Seized the Opportunity to Build Better Report Cards, but the Work Is Not Done

2019 is the first year that states should be reporting out the information required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Prompted by policy change and national attention, states have invested in updating their report cards, and as a result many states have made progress. But even with investments in better report cards, every state must improve.