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Peer Reviews Are a Boon for States Testing New Accountability System

Magazine article Techniques

Peer Reviews Are a Boon for States Testing New Accountability System

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A pilot project allowing states to plug data into a new national accountability system for career and technical education is reaping benefits.

State officials from eight states testing the new system met last fall to review each other's performance measures and walked through what data they were using, how to measure it and setting performance benchmarks.

"What that really does is give it peer review," says Russell McCampbell, recently retired vocational education director for Missouri, one of the participating states. I think that is what so many of the states are really asking for-a chance for somebody else who is a peer.. to give it a good critical eye."

McCampbell says his state benefited greatly from the review. For example, state officials examining Missouri's academic achievement measures found a significant glitch. Missouri said in its state plan that it was going to move a certain percentage of its students from low-level proficiency to the middle level and from the middle level to the upper tier. …

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