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School Accountability Improvement System

Educational legislation Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) places strong emphasis and importance on accountability systems. The implementation of the School Accountability Improvement System (SAIS) will support the ASDOE efforts to effectively monitor school performance to ensure our students are on the right college and career pathway before graduation!


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation was signed into law by former President Barack Obama in December 2015, that governs the United States K–12 public education policy. The law replaced its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act, and modified but did not eliminate provisions relating to the periodic standardized tests given to students.

SAIS Proposed Policies & Procedures

SAIS Infographic English

SAIS Infographic Samoan

SAIS Framework Principles


ESSA requires all accountability systems to provide transparency through the production of annual report cards for all schools and state-wide.  Although the department is in the process of developing it's system, transparency of school performance and other key school information has been provided since SY09-10 to SY18-19 (2 years missing due to data discrepancies)for schools, community, government and legislature.  The accountability report cards provide an overall snapshot of the territory's 29 public schools with regards to student performance and general information.


The annual report cards are just one avenue to initiate and guide conversations surrounding school performances, encourage more active participation by all stakeholders and identify ways on how to better support schools to improve STUDENT OUTCOMES.

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