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More Than 100 NYC Schools Identified as Struggling

Chalkbeat reports that in New York, state education officials recently released a list of struggling schools, including 124 in New York City. These are the “first round of designations under a new method of identifying low-performing schools” under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. “While...

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Bad Data = Massively Skewed Chronic Absenteeism Reports

According to U.S. News & World Report, incorrect absenteeism data from a single county (Prince Georges, Maryland) has thrown off “an entire national analysis of chronic absenteeism, providing yet another cautionary tale about the power of data and the major ramifications of data that’s inaccurate.”...

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State Report Card Release Deadlines

In Education Week, Alyson Klein answers an anonymous reader’s question about “When do states need to publish their ESSA report cards?” She says that there is “really no deadline,” and that, under ESSA, states are only required to publish their report cards annually.

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Looking Ahead to the 116th Congress

The 74’s Carolyn Phenicie has “6 Education Predictions for the New Split Congress,” including some “ESSA changes.” The Education Department has “set a March 1, 2019, deadline for states to change their ESSA plans for how they’ll rate schools in the 2019-20 school year,” Phenicie...

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Educators for High Standards’ Advocacy Project Capstones

Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, Educators for High Standards’ Teacher Champions have designed and implemented state-based advocacy projects focused around standards, assessments, and their state’s accountability plans under ESSA. Teacher Champions in Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wyoming engaged with parents, community members, teachers, and...

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ESSA Report Cards Roll Out “Frustrates School Leaders”

Daarel Burnette II reports for Education Week that the “rollout of states’ redesigned school accountability systems in recent weeks has reignited tensions between policymakers, practitioners, and parents over how best to define and incentivize school success.” Just about every state developed new accountability systems under...

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School Improvement = State Improvement

Dale Chu writes in Governing that ESSA gives state education leaders—particularly governors and chiefs—a unique opportunity to provide all students with an excellent education. At the “heart of this opportunity” are state plans, which “outline how each state will ensure educational excellence and equity.” Chu...

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More than 25% of Schools Could “Need Improvement”

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that states are starting to release their lists of schools targeted for additional support—specifically, “Additional Targeted Schools.” That’s the “wonky term for a particular set of schools that need improvement. Something to watch: It could end up describing anywhere...

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Understanding Chronic Absenteeism’s Impact

“By the end of this month, the Every Student Succeeds Act has required that schools list chronic absenteeism rates on their state report cards,” writes Brian Stack for MultiBriefs. “Many schools across the country have already started to do this, and the work started with...

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ESSA & Fostering Arts Education

In the latest installment of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, an anonymous reader asks: “How do ESSA plans handle arts education?” Klein says that, under ESSA, states “had to choose at least one indicator of school quality or student success to consider alongside...

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