Reports and Recommendations

Education Week’s Guide to New School-by-School Spending Mandate

This piece from Education Week provides an easy-to-follow guide to “what ESSA’s new data-reporting mandate means for different players in the education community.” As opposed to focusing on “per-pupil spending,” ESSA “requires states for the first time to break out how much districts spend on...

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States Struggling to Live Up to Law on Foster Students

“Under federal law, states are required to help maintain a stable educational environment for youth in foster care, even when the children’s personal lives are in tumult,” writes Rebecca Klein for Huffington Post. “But most places are struggling to follow the law, according to a...

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Early-Childhood More Segregated than K-12 Programs

In Education Dive, Linda Jacobson reports on how early-childhood programs of all kinds are “twice as likely as kindergarten and 1st-grade classrooms to have all black or all Hispanic children,” and are “also less likely to be ‘somewhat integrated’ with 10-20% of children being black...

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When Summative and Formative Markets Collide

“What happens when the $1.3 billion state summative assessment market begins to merge with the growing $1.6 billion market for formative assessments?” asks David DeSchryver in Ed Surge. “Investors and the education community are closely watching emerging models and how they could shape the markets...

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Is District-Level Control the “Essence” of ESSA?

In this piece, Adam Kirk Edgerton explores the relationship between state education departments and the districts they oversee in the ESSA context. “Since 2015, a team of faculty and graduate student researchers at the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) has collected a...

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ESSA as Reform Absent Repair?

ESSA “was designed to remedy the wrongs” of NCLB, Andrew Saultz, Jack Schneider, and Karalyn McGovern write in the Phi Delta Kappan. But the law has failed to live up to its promise. The trio argue that this is the result of the U.S. Department...

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School Officials “Get Personal” in Fighting Absenteeism

In Education Dive, Shawna De La Rosa takes a look at how school districts and administrators are using innovative methods to fight absenteeism—from “going door-to-door to talk with students and their families about the importance of going to school, to sending text messages and automated...

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Effective Teachers = Culturally Responsive Teachers

“In education, when we hear the word ‘data, our minds often wander to a score that represents how a student performs in Math or English Language Arts,” writes Joshua Ddamulira for the Data Quality Campaign. What gets less attention, however, is “sensemaking,” the “practice of decoding...

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Connecting Schools with Art Resources

Linda Jacobson reports in Education Dive about Ingenuity, a Chicago arts education advocacy organization that has created Artlook—an online tool that “connects schools with arts organizations wanting to partner with them.” Ingenuity is collaborating with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to...

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Easing Transition to Kindergarten

Linda Jacobson reports that New America has put forth “two fresh resources” to help make transitioning to kindergarten easier. The first is “a set of four profiles describing schools and districts taking a comprehensive approach to this major transition.” The “second resource details state, federal and other...

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