NCLB Waivers and Accountability: The Graduation Rate Balancing Act
States with NCLB waivers are developing new K-12 accountability systems that have the potential to encourage college and career readiness. However, states must not reduce the importance of graduation rates within these systems. JFF Education Policy Director Kathryn Young offers five questions that each state should ask to ensure that grad rates remain a central indicator of school success. The good news is that states already have the data they need for strengthening their accountability and school improvement systems.