Washington

Washington State Also Deploys School Rating System

Thomas Clouse reports for the Spokesman-Review that Washington state parents “have a new way to examine how schools are doing” via the state ESSA plan’s school rating system, which federal officials have given the nod. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal says “the new system will help...

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Editorial Board Upbeat on New State Reporting System

Washington State parents “have a great new tool for tracking how their public schools are succeeding—or failing—to close achievement gaps, graduate students and make other improvements,” says the Seattle Times editorial board. This new online framework—a result of the state’s ESSA plan—“focuses on data, showing...

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State ESSA Plan Receives Good Reviews from Two Outlets

The Union Bulletin’s editorial board found two recent reviews of the state’s ESSA plan “encouraging.” The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, found, “Washington’s new system for how to evaluate schools is one of the best in the nation.” Additionally, Check State Plans found that, “Washington has...

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State ESSA Plan Receives “Positive Marks”

Paige Cornwell reports that Washington State’s ESSA plan “has set ambitious goals for its students that other states should emulate, says a panel convened by Bellwether Education Partners in partnership with the Collaborative for Student Success.”

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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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WA State Announces State ESSA Plan

Washington state officials announced their ESSA plan on September 18, the federal deadline for submission. “Graduation rates will be 50-percent of the formula,” said state schools chief Chris Reykdal. “We include things now like absenteeism of students, and how they’re performing in the 9th grade,...

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School Improvement Changes Ahead for WA Parents

When ESSA takes effect this year, Washington State “parents won’t receive letters that their child’s school ‘needs improvement’ because the school didn’t meet federal test-score targets, like some did before” because, under ESSA, there “are no federal test-score targets.”

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WA Dept. of Ed Announces Plan to Submit ESSA Plan in September

The Washington State Dept. of Education announced it will submit an ESSA implementation plan in September. According to Superintendent Chris Reykdal, “Submitting our plan in September allows for continued engagement on some of the remaining issues and provides us the opportunity to align our final...

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