Reports and Recommendations

“Data Overload” in the Age of ESSA

Hisham Anwar of EdSurge explores the question of how to prepare for “education’s data overload.” While the accountability paradigm under NCLB focused on assessment rather than instructional practice and outcomes, under ESSA, school quality and success indicators are highlighted. Anwar notes that, “a growing number...

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Ensuring School Performance Data Works for Families

In Education Next, Data Quality Campaign’s Paige Kowalski and Brennan McMahon Parton discuss the importance of making sure families can easily access, understand, and effectively use school performance data. This is particularly important since now, under ESSA, “nearly every state has made strong commitments to...

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Survey: Did States Engage with Their Stakeholders?

The Collaborative for Student Success recently released results from a survey of education stakeholders which sought to find out whether states have meaningfully engaged with them as part of the development of their ESSA plans. The memo also examined whether stakeholders took advantage of this...

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States “Shirking” ESSA on Equity Metrics?

Dian Schaffhauser writes in T.H.E. Journal that, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, many states are “shirking” their responsibilities under ESSA when it comes to two equity-focused policies:  how states are defining “‘consistently underperforming’ in identifying schools for targeted support,” and how they are including...

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State Plans a Missed Opportunity for Special Ed

Recently, the National Center for Learning Disabilities took a look at each state’s ESSA plan and developed an analysis—”Assessing ESSA: Missed Opportunities for Students with Disabilities“—of “how state plans are including and serving students with disabilities under the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Generally, the organization...

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Legislators Commit to Data to Support ESSA Goals

With most ESSA plans in place, policymakers used the 2018 legislative session to define the role of data in meeting states’ education goals. The Data Quality Campaign’s latest report explores the commitments states have made around data use, including using this information to answer complex questions on...

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Interventions Work for Most Chronically Absent Students

Education Dive’s Linda Jacobson reports on a new study released by University of Nebraska researchers,  that interventions “intended to improve attendance are more effective with students who miss the most school—at least 20% of the year—than they are with students who miss fewer days.” The...

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The Power of the MSI

In The 74, Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer, authors of a recent report from the Lexington Institute, write about the struggles faced by military-connected families and how the Military Student Identifier (MSI) can help ease these struggles. Also discussed in the report,published in partnership with...

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State Plans Minimizing Performance of Vulnerable Students?

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports on an analysis released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, that found many state ESSA plans “don’t do a great job of incorporating the performance of vulnerable subgroups of students, such as racial minorities, English-learners, and those with disabilities.” Additionally,...

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