New York

NY District Uses ESSA to Create “Academy of Excellence” 

According to Tom Dinki at the Olean Times Herald, the Olean City School District in New York wants more of its students to be “halfway toward earning their college diploma by the time they graduate high school,” so the district is developing an “Academy of Excellence,” which...

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State Faces “Quandary” on Opt Outs Under ESSA

Newsday’s Lane Filler writes that the “federal government requires that students in third through eighth grades take standardized tests in math and English each year, and requires that districts and schools have at least 95 percent of their eligible students take those tests.” At the...

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Regents Take First Steps Towards Tougher Opt-Out Rules

John Hildebrand reports in Newsday that in New York, districts that have a high opt-out rate on state assessments “could be required to use part of their federal aid to get more students to take the mandated exams under regulations tentatively approved” on June 11.

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NY State to Roll Out New, ESSA-Fueled Social-Emotional Resources

Miranda Materazzo reports for the Watertown Daily News that, to “help implement its rollout of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the state Education Department announced it would issue new resources and guidelines next month to support social and emotional learning.” Three main social-emotional goals have...

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Schools Scored Under Newly Approved NY ESSA Plan

According to the Daily Gazette, schools in New York will “learn in the fall whether they have been identified for extra measures of support and monitoring under” the state’s ESSA plan, which was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

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NY Ed Officials Still In Fighting Mood

Chalkbeat reports that just days after the U.S. Department of Education denied New York’s request “to create special testing rules” for certain categories of students, the state’s education chief “vowed to keep up the fight.”

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NYC Doesn’t Love State Special Education Testing Plan

Chalkbeat’s Monica Disare says the State of New York “wants to allow some students with disabilities to take below-grade-level exams,” an approach which has engendered significant opposition, especially from special-education advocates. And now the City of New York can be added to the list of...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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Experts Assesses NY State’s High School Graduation Rate

“New York state’s high school graduation rate may take a hit due to an under-the-radar provision in” ESSA, reports Chalkbeat New York. The new law “requires states to count only ‘standard’ diplomas earned by a “preponderance” of students or honors diplomas in their federal graduation...

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