Center for Policy Analysis develops Community Report Card for Sandwich, Mass. Public Schools

The Center for Policy Analysis at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the Sandwich, Massachusetts Public Schools, has collaborated for the past six years in producing a Community Report Card. The Community Report Card is a set of objective indicators that measures the Town of Sandwich's progress in achieving its major educational goals

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis develops Community Report Card for Sandwich, Mass. Public Schools 

The Center for Policy Analysis at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the Sandwich, Massachusetts Public Schools, has collaborated for the past six years in producing a Community Report Card. The Community Report Card is a set of objective indicators that measures the Town of Sandwich's progress in achieving its major educational goals. Importantly, the Community Report Card measures the school system's progress from year to year and compares it to the performance of similar - or peer - communities in Massachusetts. To our knowledge, the Sandwich Public Schools is among the first school system nationwide to adopt this innovative approach. Over time, the Sandwich Community Report Card has given the residents of Sandwich two yardsticks for measuring the pace and success of educational reform initiatives; one internal yardstick for measuring progress from year-to-year and one external yardstick for comparing Sandwich's performance relative to school systems in peer communities throughout the state. 

The idea of developing community report cards was embodied in a report called America 2000, which originated at a national education summit held in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1989. At the summit, the President George H. Bush, the U.S. Secretary of Education, William Bennett, and the governors of the 50 states agreed to establish measurable goals for education reform. The Massachusetts Department of Education adopted these goals as a guideline for implementing the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, one of the most ambitious education reform programs in the country. 

More recently President George W. Bush signed a reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also know as 'No Child Left Behind' (NCLB). As part of this legislation, NCLB calls for providing parents, citizens, educators, administrators, and policymakers with data available in annual report cards on individual school performance and statewide progress. In addition, the report cards will give parents information about the quality of their children's schools, the qualifications of teachers, and their children's progress in key subjects.


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