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SC Schools to Get Report Cards for 1st Time in Four Years

Ariel Gilreath reports for the Greenville Journal that for “anyone familiar with South Carolina’s annual school and district report cards, this year’s version (to be released this week) will not only look completely different, but will also highlight new data than in previous years.” The...

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Four More States Looking to Leverage Innovative Assessment Pilot Program

Alyson Klein reports in Education Week how in the wake of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ September decision to open ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Pilot to a second round of applications, four states—Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, and South Carolina—have “raised their hands” regarding their interest in participating. If approved, they would...

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Q&A: What Science Testing Looks Like Under ESSA

In this Education Week blog, which is part of the publication’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, Alyson Klein responds to the following query: “How many states have included science testing in their plans, and what states will count science in their accountability system?” The answer:...

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The Power of the MSI

In The 74, Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer, authors of a recent report from the Lexington Institute, write about the struggles faced by military-connected families and how the Military Student Identifier (MSI) can help ease these struggles. Also discussed in the report,published in partnership with...

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Guns and Equity Dominate Senate ESSA Hearing

On September 25, the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing to garner state perspectives on ESSA implementation. The hearing featured education chiefs from Nebraska (Matthew Blomstedt), Delaware (Susan Bunting), and South Carolina (Molly Spearman), as well as the president of Democrats for Education Reform Shavar...

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DeVos Reopens Innovative Assessment Pilot Application Process

Education Week’s Klein reports that the U.S. Dept. of Education “is inviting more state applications” for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Pilot, “which allows states to try out new types of tests in a handful of districts before taking them statewide.” States need to inform federal officials of...

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NY State “Softens” ESSA-Driven Test Participation Regulations

Alex Zimmerman reports for Chalkbeat that New York’s school districts “where lots of students sit out annual state tests will not have to set aside federal funding under new rules” released by New York’s education department. The new rules “soften several aspects of the state’s...

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