Accountability

Below are the most recent news, reports, and recommendations relating to the ESSA and accountability.

Deciphering Washington State’s New Report Card

According to Neal Morton at the Seattle Times, late last year, Washington state “released new school report cards online for parents and guardians to see how well their children’s schools performed.” But the “website broke.” The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction then “stabilized…

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Kentucky Legislators Wrangle Over Identifying Schools for State Support

Kevin Wheatley reports for WDRB that a bill that would “change how Kentucky schools are identified for additional state support based on student performance” under ESSA “may be revised based on concerns raised” by Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis. “Instead of comparing test scores of student…

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“Big Changes to Prior Reforms” in New Mexico

Shelby Perea reports for the Albuquerque Journal that new Governor Lujan Grisham is planning “big changes” for “cornerstone education systems” in New Mexico. But before doing so, “the community will get a brief period to weigh in on proposed replacements.” Last week, the state Public…

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Tracking Progress of Homeless Students

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that according to a recent analysis by Education Leads Home, homeless students “are less likely to graduate from high school than other low-income children, and the general population.” ELH “analyzed graduation rate data for the 2016-17 school year in…

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Linda Darling-Hammond Selected to Chair California Ed Board

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Stanford Professor and Learning Policy Institute President Linda Darling-Hammond, “one of the nation’s preeminent education scholars,” to serve as chair the Golden State’s board of education. In this position, she’ll play a leading role in California’s…

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ESSA Implementation, Illinois, and Student Outcome Requirements

Elliot Regenstein, Ben Boer, and Paul Zavitkovsky take a look at the implementation of ESSA’s student outcome requirements in Illinois. The state’s Board of Education “has set a goal of having 90 percent of students achieve proficiency on state standardized tests.” And Although ESSA “was…

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South Carolina House Speaker Opposes ESSA Plan Changes

Maayan Schechter reports for the Charlotte Observer that the Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives Jay Lucas has “successfully pressured” House committee to “hold off on changing part of the state’s school-rating system” under ESSA. Lucas claims that the change would “reward underperforming…

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Montana ESSA Report Cards Due in March

Corin Cates-Carney reports for MTPR that Montana public school parents “will soon have a new tool to see how their local school’s academic scores compare to others across the state.” According to a spokesperson for the Montana Office of Public Instruction, the state’s ESSA report…

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“Data Flub” Could Cost Needy Vermont Schools Thousands in Federal Dollars

According to a former top Vermont Agency Education official, Vermont “risks running afoul of federal law if it doles out over $2 million in school improvement dollars the way it intends,” Lola Duffort reports for VTDigger.com. The “agency has had problems rolling out a new…

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“Reducing Absences, Capturing Days”

In this podcast recording, Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Jill Anderson talks to behavioral scientist Todd Rogers about chronic absenteeism. “Reducing absenteeism is vital, says Rogers, as the Every Student Succeeds Act has led in many states to the increased use of absenteeism as one…

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Caution Needed On School Quality Measures

Constance Lindsay writes for Education Week that measuring school quality is complicated, and reflects a community’s values and politics. When “hard metrics” are absent, “parents and other stakeholders are left to make assumptions often informed by all kinds of biases.” The “tools often used to…

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Supporting Highly Qualified Teachers Under ESSA

Amid recent teacher strikes, Akil Wilson, a Washington, DC-based podcaster and parent, examines how states can better support educators, through ESSA. In his piece for Black Press USA, Wilson explains that Title II funds are intended “to support class size reduction, encourage performance-based pay for…

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California Identifies Lowest-Performing Schools for First Time in Six Years

According to LA School Report, California has released the names of its lowest-performing schools for the first time in more than half a decade. The “780 schools are in the bottom 5 percent of public K-12 schools as measured by the state’s new accountability tool,…

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Help Vulnerable Children, Civil Rights Groups Urge

“A coalition of civil rights groups is urging state education chiefs to take a long, hard look at their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act,” Alyson Klein reports for Education Week. According to the letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human…

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Is ESSA Another “Elusive Dream” for Equity?

Writing for Black Press USA, Dr. Elizabeth V. Primas, Program Manager for NNPA ESSA Awareness Campaign, says that, as “education leaders review the individual state plans that have been developed and approved in keeping with the Every Student Succeeds Act, it is obvious that many…

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New Mexico’s New Ed Secretary to Submit ESSA Waiver Requests

Robert Nott writes in the Santa Fe New Mexican that New Mexico’s new Education Secretary Karen Trujillo and her team are “working to create and submit waivers to the state’s plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act,” which are “designed to give districts more…

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$387 Million For Innovative Assessments Available Starting Monday

Starting Monday, states will be able to apply for $378 million in competitive funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education to put toward innovative assessments, Alyson Klein reports in Education Week. “As required by the Every Student Succeeds Act, the department is looking to give…

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DeVos Delivers Remarks to National School Boards Association

Recently, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a speech in front of the National School Boards Association. As part of her remarks, she noted that “there is no universal school safety plan that will work for every school across our country.” She notes that a “prescriptive…

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Feds Release School Spending Guidance

Andrew Ujifusa reports for Education Week that federal education officials have “released proposed guidance to schools about a provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act that prohibits schools from cutting state and local money from education and simply filling the hole with federal funding.” This…

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Helping Military Children Succeed

Military Families for High Standards’ Christi Ham writes in RealClearEducation about how ESSA’s Military Student Identifier can help military families manage the many challenges they face—and help military-connected students succeed. She notes three categories of best practices that school districts serving military students and families…

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DQC Report Asks “How Are States Measuring Student Growth Under ESSA?”

“Almost every state is rating schools in part on student growth in test-scores under the Every Student Succeeds Act,” writes Education Week’s Klein. However according to research from the Data Quality Campaign, student growth “doesn’t look the same everywhere and the differences matter to parents…

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Idaho Ed Officials Looking for Feedback on Accountability System

According to Idaho EdNews, state Education officials “are asking for the public’s feedback on a series of proposed changes to Idaho’s school accountability plan.” This plan, which is mandated by ESSA, “outlines goals for Idaho’s education system, benchmarks schools should meet and steps to be…

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California Dashboard “Redux”

The California Department of Education has “spent the past year revising [their] dashboard and released a new version in December, in time to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act’s deadline for new state report cards on school performance.”  The decision to revise the California…

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“Hodge Podge” of State Approaches to Measuring Post-High School Readiness

States are taking a varied approach to measuring post-high school readiness. According to Education Week’s Alyson Klein, “nearly every state is gauging school performance in part by whether students show that they are ready for life after high school.”  She notes thatthe big reason for…

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Alaska’s New School Evaluation System

Tegan Hanlon reports for the Anchorage Daily News that the Alaska Department of Education has “flagged about a fifth of the state’s public schools as needing additional support under its new accountability system,” called the “System for School Success.” Like every other state, Alaska “had…

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