Accountability Tag

Changes Ahead for Illinois

Under ESSA, Illinois, “school quality will be measured through standardized tests, alternative assessments, academic growth, English language proficiency, science scores, success on college entrance tests, and graduation rates, as well as factors such as chronic absenteeism and school climate surveys.”

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MN Lawmakers Ask Feds to Reject State Plan

Three state legislators in Minnesota have written to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and state Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius saying the state’s ESSA plan “lacks transparency and clarity” and “will not do enough for underperforming teachers and schools.”

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New Online Tracking Tool

Achieve released a new online tracking tool that “summarizes states’ long term goals for student achievement and graduation rates, along with the accountability indicators and weighting included in states’ plans submitted under ESSA.” The tracker allows users to view accountability indicators in the state’s plan and compare...

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Rigorous Evidence of Effectiveness

Robert Slavin, director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, writes on Huff Post that, while ESSA evidence standards “provide clearer definitions of ‘strong,’ ‘moderate,’ and ‘promising’ levels of evidence” than were the case in previous...

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ID Public Schools to Use Student Engagement Survey

Next year, as part of the state’s plan to comply with ESSA, Idaho public school students will be able to grade their schools and teachers via a student engagement survey. Students “in grades 3 through 12 will be asked questions in three different categories: school...

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Ed Week Examines Arizona’s ESSA Plan

An Education Week blog takes a look at Arizona’s ESSA plan, and how civil rights advocates are concerned how it will impact transient students. The plan, which has already been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, “attaches different weights to students test scores, depending...

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State Report Card “Makeovers”

Education Week takes a look at how ESSA is helping to give state report cards a “head-to-toe makeover,” in both their look and the data displayed. Under ESSA, states must present this information in an “easily accessible and user-friendly” manner, and with “plenty more data points...

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States are Taking a Harder Look at Learning in Early Grades

Education Dive writes that as policymakers and educators review state ESSA plans, “a recent analysis from New America focuses on how states are incorporating indicators related to young children’s learning into their plans.” For example, some states plan to leverage data via the Classroom Assessment Scoring...

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New America Foundation Education Expert Examines ESSA

New America Foundation’s Conor P. Williams writes that, when it comes to ESSA, he can say “I told you so.” The law “combines a thin veneer of civil rights equity with excruciating complexity and uncertain accountability.” Williams argues that it “takes a relatively simple federal...

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