Mendocino County Office of Education: A perspective on education

School accountability is a fact of life. In California, the school dashboard evaluates everything from academics to suspension rates. Pressure to do better often leads to a quick succession of one-off reforms that often don’t work and don’t last. Continuous improvement, a data-driven, systemwide strategy (getting a huge influx of funding from the Gates Foundation), shows strong results when done properly, writes Michelle Hutchins, Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools in an OpEd in The Willits News. Hutchins cites two PACE reports, prepared for Getting Down to Facts II, that she says provide “some fundamental steps California school districts need to take if we are to affect long-term change.”

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