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Presidential 2020 Ed-Election Primer

Education Week’s Alyson Klein writes in that, while she knows we are all “bummed” the midterm elections are over, we should fear not—the 2020 presidential election is “right around the corner.” Klein says there is a “good chance that education could be a higher-profile-than-usual issue...

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ESSA & District Purchasing

In EdWeek Market Brief, Sean Cavanagh takes a look at a webinar which will examine how ESSA is “shaping district purchasing,” and what “this mean for companies and other organizations in the K-12 market.” Cavanagh will moderate the discussion, and he’ll be joined by two...

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The Importance of Measuring Subgroups Under ESSA

All4Ed’s Anne Hyslop responds to a recent piece by Mike Petrilli about the Alliance’s analysis of ESSA accountability plans, which identified a dozen states that fail to ensure subgroups are “universally included in school ratings.” While Petrilli argued that “Including subgroups in school ratings doesn’t...

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Are States Waiting Too Long to Intervene with Struggling Schools?

Jayme Kennedy takes a look at a recent report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, which found that, under their ESSA accountability plans, “29 states don’t report under-performing schools until three years of low performance are recorded.” Additionally, “those same states don’t ask for assistance or...

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Candidates Pointing to New State Report Cards

State education departments are “rolling out their newest rankings of schools under the federally mandated ESSA plans and, with all the new indicators, there are inevitably lots of changes to districts’ academic performance,” just in time for the midterm elections, Daarel Burnette II writes in Education Week. Already...

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ESSA & Tracking College-and-Career Readiness

Alyson Klein answers more questions as part of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series. This week, Harvard University graduate student Alex Sabin asks: “An ESSA accountability system can include a school success ‘measure’ outside of test scores such as college-and-career readiness. However, what exactly...

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ESSA, States, and School Climate

In the latest edition of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, Alyson Klein responds to the following query from an anonymous reader: “How many states are including ‘school climate’ in their ESSA accountability systems?” Short answer: “Not as many as you might think.” Click...

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Creating Real Partnerships for Family Engagement

The National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement’s Vito Borrello and Reyna Hernandez write in The 74 about the “importance of well-designed family, school, and community engagement in supporting children’s learning.” They also discuss how ESSA supports such efforts through its Statewide Family Engagement...

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