Accountability Tag

VA Dept. of Ed Proposes New Accountability System

The Virginia Dept. of Education is proposing a new accountability system. Under the new plan, “schools will be identified as requiring either ‘comprehensive support and improvement’ — when school-wide test scores fall short of benchmarks — or ‘targeted support and improvement’ — when a subgroup...

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Ed Week Examines Flexibility of State Testing under ESSA

Education Week examined how flexible state testing is under ESSA. The piece looked into how Oklahoma “offered its districts a choice of two nationally recognized tests, the ACT or the SAT.” However, the Dept. of Education argued that the plan “wasn’t compliant with the law,”...

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MI Moves to a Dashboard System

Michigan will “no longer rank schools based on test scores,” but plans to move to a dashboard system under ESSA. Venessa Keesler, deputy superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education, praised the proposed plan and described the dashboard as a “crown jewel,” focusing on the...

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KY Education Leaders Share Opinions on State’s Draft ESSA Plan

 Local education leaders are having “mixed reactions” to the state’s draft ESSA plan. Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton said he’s satisfied with the currently proposed changes, but “you have to come to an agreement about what is a reasonable approach.” Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive...

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IL Education Officials Concerned Proposed Goals are Unattainable

Illinois’ ESSA accountably plan is proposing 90% of students would pass state administered reading and math exams by 2032. Local education officials are concerned that the proficiency goal will be “unattainable.” Wilmette School District 39 Superintendent Raymond Lechner argued against the high goals, “Definitely, some...

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School Improvement Principles for State ESSA Plans

The Council of Chief State School Officers released a “list of school improvement principles that states may want to use to guide their ESSA work.” CCSSO identified Massachusetts and Kentucky as states that have had the “most success at turning around their low-performing schools.” CCSSO also...

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WV Board of Ed Considers New Accountability System

The West Virginia Board of Education released a new plan, and is considering a new accountability system under ESSA that wouldn’t give schools a summative rating. State Dept. of Education leaders presented a new plan to the Board “that includes various school measurements” but noted...

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NJ, IL, and LA Plans Focusing on English Learners

The 74 highlighted ESSA plans that focused on helping English Learners. According to the piece, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois are “making good use of their newfound flexibility” for EL students. The 74 explains that ESSA leaves important EL decisions up to the states, including:...

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