MDRC’s Jean Grossman Featured at September 23 AYPF Forum on ESSA’s Non-Academic Accountability Indicator


On Friday, September 23, the American Youth Policy Forum is hosting a Capitol Hill event, “Considerations for ESSA’s Non-Academic Indicator: Bridging Research, Practice, and Policy.” MDRC Senior Fellow Jean Grossman will be one of the featured panelists.

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its requirement to include a fifth, non-academic measure in state accountability systems, states have an unprecedented opportunity to consider the various elements that contribute to student success. As we consider potential non-academic indicators, policymakers and thought leaders should draw upon the research around positive youth development, which states that positive experiences, relationships, and environments contribute to many desired youth outcomes. This forum will explore what we know about developing these experiences both inside and outside of school through social and emotional learning practices, youth engagement, and school climate. Following presentations from leading researchers in these fields, the panel will explore the potential non-academic indicators that might be ready and appropriate for inclusion in state accountability systems. 

Presenters to include:

  • Jean Grossman, Senior Fellow, K-12 Education Policy, MDRC

  • Stephanie Jones, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Livia Lam; Senior Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute

  • David Osher, Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research

  • Charles Smith, Executive Director, Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

  • Moderator: Caitlin Emma, Education Reporter, Politico