Accountability Tag

Alaska’s New School Evaluation System

Tegan Hanlon reports for the Anchorage Daily News that the Alaska Department of Education has “flagged about a fifth of the state’s public schools as needing additional support under its new accountability system,” called the “System for School Success.” Like every other state, Alaska “had...

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Kentucky Launches Online School Report Card

According to the Owensboro Times, the Kentucky Department of Education has unveiled the state’s School Report Card, an online platform that “includes data metrics and visualizations to highlight key information about schools and districts.” ESSA requires that, each state create an “online school report card...

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Arizona Releases New Online Report Card

According to AZCentral.com, the Arizona Department of Education has created a website to provide “data about the state’s schools, all in one place.” The site was created to meet “federal reporting requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act,” and includes “information about individual schools, including...

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More Than 100 NYC Schools Identified as Struggling

Chalkbeat reports that in New York, state education officials recently released a list of struggling schools, including 124 in New York City. These are the “first round of designations under a new method of identifying low-performing schools” under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. “While...

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Start Small, Follow the Evidence

In The 74, Allison Crean Davis explores how to build an evidence base for research. She notes that exploratory studies “are better at suggesting patterns and potential directions of inquiry than they are at determining causation and arriving at firm conclusions.” She notes, however, that...

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“Is Geography Destiny?”

In this Education Week piece, Andrew Ujifusa takes a look at the sensitive issues of socioeconomic factors, geographic location, and education quality. Of course, school funding mechanisms are a vital component of these interconnected issues, as “state and local funding each typically make up about...

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Could A-F Law Mean Loss of Fed Funding for Michigan?

Lori Higgins reports for Chalkbeat that leaders from Michigan’s education department will meet this week with the state’s Attorney General to determine whether or not the state’s new school accountability law is in violation ESSA’s provisions. “If implemented, the new mandate, which requires the state...

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NCEE to Examine ESSA Pilot Programs

Sara Friedman reports for T.H.E. Journal that the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Evaluation is seeking proposals from vendors to undertake “evaluations for two programs authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act—the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Authority (IADA) and the Flexibility for...

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Bad Data = Massively Skewed Chronic Absenteeism Reports

According to U.S. News & World Report, incorrect absenteeism data from a single county (Prince Georges, Maryland) has thrown off “an entire national analysis of chronic absenteeism, providing yet another cautionary tale about the power of data and the major ramifications of data that’s inaccurate.”...

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ESSA’s “Clues” for Military-Connected Students

In a companion piece in Education Week to Burnette’s article (scroll down to find), Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer delve deeper into the data reporting requirement under ESSA. The Military Student Identifier (MSI), they write, “should provide families, teachers, administrators, and researchers with a clearer understanding...

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