Inclusion of science in federal and state accountability systems
Indicator 9 addresses the inclusion of science in federal and state accountability systems.
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Indicator 9 is identified as a high priority in the Monitoring Progress report.
Indicator 9 is defined as a policy of holding districts, schools, and/or teachers responsible for students’ academic progress in science by linking such progress to funding, autonomy, or other incentives. To count as being part of an accountability system, science must not only be assessed, but student performance on the assessment must also have stakes attached. The NRC Successful K-12 STEM Education working group was concerned that science instruction would always take a backseat to instruction on English language arts (ELA) and mathematics as long as accountability systems stressed those two subjects and not science.