A Broader Measure of Student Achievement and Learning in Traditional Public High Schools

Spurred by the Every Student Succeeds Act, districts and states around the country have developed school report cards—usually centered around test scores—to represent school quality. Yet parents and other interested stakeholders need a more complete understanding of school quality that includes a more holistic vision of learning outside of test score achievement.

The REMIQS (Robust and Equitable Measures to Identify Quality Schools) project seeks to identify traditional public high schools that effectively serve students who have been historically underserved in the education system. It will define effectiveness by recognizing how students achieve along various success pathways and how schools support those successes.

A joint effort between the Urban Institute, KnowledgeWorks’ Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, and multiple states, REMIQS will use state longitudinal data and other public data resources to identify authentic definitions of quality that go beyond test scores and graduation rates.

For this project, we developed a logic model of school inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes that may characterize school quality. A more detailed model is available here. The framework presented here could be a resource for educators, policymakers, and others interested in how components of school functioning can influence student outcomes in meaningful ways.

The Urban Institute has outlined the motivation and concepts behind REMIQS in a brief.

REMIQS Logic Model

REMIQS Logic Model


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Robust and Equitable Measures to Identify Quality Schools (REMIQS) is a new initiative that seeks to build a comprehensive definition of high-quality nonselective public high schools serving student populations often underserved by the public education system. This concept brief describes the motivations behind this study and the concepts that may characterize high-quality schools, as discerned from the literature and discussions with leaders in the field. The framework presented here could be a resource to educators, policymakers, and others interested in the components of school functioning that may influence student outcomes in meaningful ways.

Robust and Equitable Measures to Identify Quality Schools

This report describes the results of the model refining phase of the Robust and Equitable Measures to Inspire Quality Schools (REMIQS) project. The project seeks to inspire high schools to generate positive long-term outcomes for historically underserved students. In this phase, we develop a multistate model to identify the best-performing schools in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Virginia. We find that a multistate model is possible but is limited by the comparability of data and by fundamental differences in state contexts; schools that “add value” based on traditional test score measures are not necessarily equally good at enrolling students in college; and, generally, high schools that excel along one success metric may not excel along all or even several metrics.

A separate technical appendix provides details about the model described in this report.

Identifying High-Performing Schools for Historically Underserved Students