Accountability

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

Rhode Island DOE Releases Star Rankings, Providence Schools Struggling

As part of the nationwide phase-in of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Rhode Island implemented a star rating system for its schools last year to help provide “a more holistic evaluation of individual schools than simply looking at test scores.” According to the ratings released…

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Amid Failure, 3 Counties Offer Hope in Improving Outcomes for California Foster Youth

Many school districts in California are “struggling to live up to a now three-year-old federal requirement,” originally set by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to “ensure foster youth have educational stability.” Under ESSA, educational and child welfare agencies are to collaborate “to create transportation plans…

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ESSA & DeVos’ First 1,000 Days

In The 74, Carolyn Phenicie takes a look at the first thousand days of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ tenure, noting that among her detractors, her department’s “weak implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act” is among “her most egregious actions.” However, to her supporters, “weakening…

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DQC Says Teacher Data Should Be Included in State Report Cards

“To improve student learning, an effective teacher in the classroom is the most important factor,” writes the Data Quality Campaign. “Every student, regardless of their zip code deserves access to a good teacher.” But to make this happen, teacher data is critical; unfortunately, school-level teacher…

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New Playbook Provides Educators Path to Meeting ESSA Funding and Finance Requirements

The December 2019 ESSA deadline for “school districts to start breaking out school-level funding” is quickly approaching. As schools nationwide come to terms with the financial challenges of meeting this deadline, “streamlining and modernizing” systems with “enhanced automation will have payoffs that supersede the requirements…

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Eleven Oregon Schools in Need of ‘Targeted Support’ Based on Accountability Data

According to accountability data from the Oregon Department of Education, “11 Central Oregon Schools were marked as needing help,” reports Jackson Hogan for The Bulletin. As opposed to previous years before passage of ESSA, Oregon has taken a different path, working with school districts to…

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Despite Improvement, Racial Achievement Gap Persists in some North Carolina Schools

Education officials in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools see some signs of improvement in a racial achievement gap, but there is still work to be done, according to Matt Goad for News & Observer. According to accountability results, the district met just under a quarter of…

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Nearly Half of Louisiana Schools Will Need to Develop Student Improvement Plans

Based on guidelines set forth by ESSA, 571 schools across Louisiana—44 percent of schools— “will be required to develop improvement plans to submit to the state for approval and funding.” According to recently released performance scores, “about 16 percent of Louisiana public schools received an…

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Idaho K-12 Task Force Set to Vote on Statewide Education Reform Recommendations

As Clark Corbin reports, the K-12 education task force, “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future,”  is scheduled to “issue their final votes and approve a set of education reform recommendations.” Among the five recommendations being considered is one focusing on creating a “new statewide accountability plan” to…

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More School Districts Look to “Through-Year” Assessments to Inform Instruction

School districts in Georgia and Nebraska will be implementing new testing models under ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority program in the coming months and years, according to Linda Jacobson for Education Dive. The goal of these new “through-year” assessments is to “phase out reliance” on…

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Forum Featuring African-American Educators in Florida Focuses on ESSA’s Impact on the Community

A town-hall-style meeting—themed “Lessons from the Past”—held at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale brought together policymakers and stakeholders for a discussion of ESSA and how the law “holds schools accountable for how students learn and achieve, while also providing…

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ESSA and SEL Go Hand-in-Hand to Improve Student Performance

A recent Gallup article—based on 12 years of surveys and research—highlights the important link between ESSA’s accountability measures and student engagement, specifically factors related to social-emotional learning, which has become more of a priority in recent years. According to Gallup’s research, “the impact these foundational…

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In-Depth Discussion Looking Back on Four Years of ESSA

On Tuesday, December 10, the Collaborative for Student Success is hosting an afternoon discussion of ESSA four years to the day after the law was signed. Taking place at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., this special event will include a conversation with ESSA’s…

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Latino Student Performance in Idaho Lags Behind White Peers

Despite being recognized as “critical to Idaho’s economic future,” the success of Latino students in the state continues to lag behind their peers, according to this piece in Idaho EdNews. “The number of Latino student in Idaho schools has nearly doubled in the past two…

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Idaho’s K-12 Education Task Force Debates New School Accountability Standards

As Clark Corbin reports in the Idaho County Free Press, Governor Brad Little’s K-12 education task force debated a recent proposal “to launch a new school accountability system that is based around growth in K-3 reading scores.” Instead of evaluating proficiency levels, the new system…

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Foster Youth Data Still Being Unreported in NYC, Several Districts Statewide Despite ESSA

Once again, “school achievement data for foster youth, considered one of the most vulnerable and least tracked student groups, will not be reported for the nation’s largest school district…despite its being mandated” by ESSA. The New York City Department of Education says, “it will identify…

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Oregon Department Education Adds 70 Schools to “Must Improve” List, for a Total of 270

According to the “must-improve” list released by the Oregon Department of Education, “70 [Oregon] schools have joined the 200 that were already on the list.” While the state is “moving away from federal oversight of education as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act,” according…

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Northwest Arkansas Schools Fare Well in Latest State Rankings Under ESSA Index Score

According to Arkansas’ annual release of school letter grades—which are “based on each school’s federal ESSA Index Score, a numerical score of 1 to 100” calculated using a variety of factors—public schools in Northwest Arkansas “received relatively high marks this year.” Whereas the letter grade…

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ESSA Provides Flexibility for Oregon Educators to Improve Performance by District

In a shift from its predecessor NCLB, ESSA has given the Oregon Department of Education (DOE) greater flexibility to address and improve student performance across entire school districts rather than individual schools. Educators who have experienced both approaches “are hailing the change,” according to this…

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Maryland School District Outlines Plan to Meet ESSA Requirements

As Katryna Perera reports, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) staff “outlined a plan to the Board of Education to help the district meet requirements set forth” under ESSA last week. According to Jamie Aliveto, FCPS’ executive director of system accountability and school administration, ESSA’s approach…

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Many States are Rethinking and Reversing Recent Teacher and Principal Evaluation Reforms

According to new research from the National Council on Teacher Quality, a majority of states have “backed away from recently enacted policies” aimed at overhauling teacher and principal evaluation systems since passage of ESSA in 2015, writes Laura Ascione of e School News. At least…

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Taking a Closer Look at the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority Provision of ESSA

In a two-part series for the Center for Assessment, Charlie DePascale takes a close look at the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which “ostensibly offers states the flexibility needed to ‘establish, operate, and evaluate an innovative assessment system’…

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Six Takeaways from Nebraska’s High School Assessments

Last week, “the Nebraska Department of Education released test scores and performance ratings for more than 1,100 schools and 244 districts.” Here, Joe Dejka highlights six key takeaways. Test scores did not change much—with proficiency scores in English language arts and math both up by…

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Many Arkansas Schools Graded A

As Cynthia Howell reports for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “a total of 169 of Arkansas’ 1,026 school campuses earned A grades from the state for the 2018-19 school year, an increase of 17 over the previous year,” according to state education leaders. The letter grades…

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Education Department Criticizes States Again for Their ESSA Approach

School spending by the states is the latest issue to garner criticism from the U.S. Department of Education, as Andrew Ujifusa writes for Education Week. Information on school spending is mandated under ESSA and, so far, 17 states have reported it, with a lot more…

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