Stanford’s John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities is helping eight of California’s largest school districts to adopt new measures of success — going beyond standardized test scores — to improve student learning and close achievement gaps.
The work with the districts comes after each was granted an unprecedented waiver from certain rules in the No Child Left Behind Act, and makes the Gardner Center the data and analysis hub for one of the most closely watched school reform efforts in the country.
"The new accountability system that the districts are proposing is hugely important and really path-breaking," said Amy Gerstein, executive director of the Gardner Center. "It demonstrates a way to address severe inequalities for today's youth in opportunities and achievement. It's an incredible step forward."