"As states tackle the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the balance between addressing the conditions necessary for students to learn and what students are actually learning has become more difficult to strike. The S3 grants aim to eliminate the need to prioritize one or the other.
Under a federal grant program, 11 states are using student surveys and select data to monitor and address issues around safety, discipline, and engagement....in an attempt to put safety and discipline, student engagement, and students' connection to school on the same footing as their performance in mathematics and reading."
This is the "first attempt at this benchmark—really measuring in some tangible way—school climate, and then blending that with incident data like attendance, referrals, suspensions."
Via Mel Riddile