Healthy school districts are diverse, community-centered, and are given the support they need to serve all students.
Many systems and policies – including segregated communities, unfair district accountability measures, and harmful student testing methods – make districts unhealthy.
Learn more about IDRA’s work to support healthy school districts below.
Healthy school districts are a critical part of strong communities – they involve diverse groups of families, students and other local partners in school governance, policy, and practice. But, punitive accountability systems, testing that punishes students and schools, and systems that take control away from communities without supporting their success create barriers to school district health.
School districts should be accountable to their own diverse communities. School success and student performance should not hinge on a letter grade. IDRA works to grow family leadership in education, supports research-based assessment systems that are not harmful to students and schools, and researches the impacts of inappropriate state intervention in local school districts.
Learn more about IDRA’s policy recommendations for Texas.
Effective School Assessments and Accountability that Does Not Hurt Students, December 10, 2020
Purposeful Assessment and School Accountability – IDRA Texas Policy Priorities for 2021 and Evaluación intencionada y responsabilidad escolar – Prioridades de política de IDRA Texas para 2021, December 10, 2020
Joint Testimony: Teaching Quality, Texas House Higher Education Committee Interim Charge #3 (Questions 1-3), September 1, 2020
Acting on Research and Data
Habits of a Healthy School District Where All Students Thrive, by Celina Moreno, J.D., & Christie L. Goodman, APR, May 2020
Podcast: School District Takeovers History and Today, March 6, 2020