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Accountability systems are designed to encourage school improvement by holding schools accountable for their students' performance. The tables in this section present data on various statewide accountability systems, such as school report cards and reporting required by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Please visit the State Education Practices table archive for more tables on accountability.

Data Tables

Table 5.1 State-level accountability and reporting on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, by state: 2018
Table 5.2 Characteristics of and information included in state-provided elementary, middle, or high school report cards, by state: 2020

Please note: Data on this site are drawn from a wide variety of sources, primarily outside NCES. These data are largely self-reported by the states. Each source collected the data using research methods specific to its organization. Readers should take care when comparing data from different sources as the data may not be comparable due to differences in procedures and timing of data collection. Updates to this site occur as source organizations release new data. This site is intended as a broad reference tool and not meant to serve as a comprehensive repository of policy developments.