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CAP Ed Expert Discusses Role as Independent Peer Reviewer

Scott Sargrad, managing director of the K-12 Education Policy team at the Center for American Progress, writes about his participation in Bellwether and the Collaborative’s independent peer review, and offered guidance for New Hampshire’s education leaders as they finalize their ESSA accountability plans. Sargrad says the states “have...

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Research on Fifth Indicators under ESSA

Child Trends has conducted “an initial scan of states’ proposed accountability systems to examine how each approached the fifth indicator,” and although “the vast majority of states selected at least one indicator” to “gauge how schools support students in areas beyond academic performance,” a “handful...

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NE’s Governor Says He Won’t Sign State’s ESSA Plan

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says he won’t sign the state’s ESSA plan “because of concerns about how it addresses accountability.” The plan was approved by the Nebraska State Board of Education on September 8 and subsequently sent to the U.S. Dept. of Education for review...

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Dale Chu Discusses Independent Peer Review Process

Dale Chu, former vice president of Policy and Operations at America Succeeds and a former assistant superintendent for Innovation and Improvement at the Indiana Department of Education, discusses his role as an independent peer reviewer and provided guidance for Indiana education officials as they finalized...

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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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The 74 Discusses Summative Ratings for School Performance

On The 74, Carolyn Phenicie discusses how, as the recently passed deadline for submission of state ESSA plans approached, many states were moving away from summative ratings for school performance. About half of the then-pending state plans used “some sort of clear, summative rating for...

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GA Submits ESSA Plan to U.S. Dept. of Ed

On Monday, Georgia submitted its ESSA plan to the Dept. of Education, whose proponents say “increases the flexibility and incentives for school districts to give the state’s nearly 1.8 million public school students what they need.” However, “some critics say it swings too far from...

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Finalizing State’s ESSA Plan is Only the Beginning

The “most important work to building a better Iowa starts with building a better school system to prepare today’s students” for new economy jobs, writes strategic advisor and American Enterprise Institute Visiting Fellow John Bailey in this piece about Iowa’s ESSA plan. Bailey says that,...

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Children Now Examines CA’s ESSA Plan

Samantha Tran, senior managing director of education policy at Children Now, wrote that “California’s education plan must be more transparent about student performance.” Her three recommended changes include clearly identifying “if gaps in achievement are closing or are stagnant,” setting “assessment standards so that the...

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NY State Board of Regents Approves State ESSA Plan

The New York State Board of Regents has approved its state ESSA plan “laying out the state’s goals for its education system.” Under the plan, “elementary and middle schools would continue to be evaluated on English and math test scores and high schools on graduation...

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