College and Career-Readiness Tag

ESSA Driving Focus on Career and Technical Ed?

Meghan Mangrum reports in the Chattanooga Times Free Press that as districts in Tennessee and across the Southeast “seek to improve student achievement and states roll out plans” to comply with ESSA, “many of them have quietly—and not so quietly—moved toward enhancing career and technical...

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NGSS Outlines Stem Funding in Budget

Next Generation Science Standards takes a deep dive into the federal budget to see how STEM programs make out in terms of funding for the next fiscal year. They report that “STEM advocates are celebrating increased funding for programs and initiatives in” ESSA, several of...

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“What’s Up” With State Grad Rates?

“I guess it’s good news that Missouri’s graduation rate in 2017 was nearly 90 percent—higher than the national average,” writes Susan Pendergrass, director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute, in the Columbia Daily Tribune. “But have we really put those students on the ‘path...

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Grad Rates Don’t Necessarily = College and Career Readiness

MinnPost reports that, in light of the U.S. Department of Education’s recent approval of Minnesota’s ESSA plan, “establishing high graduation expectations seems essential to ensuring the state has a more equitable public education system.” But the gains so often celebrated on this issue are being...

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Indiana Grad Rate Woes Just Keep on Coming

The Indianapolis Star reports (again) about Indiana’s quest to “save the state’s high school graduation rate from sinking toward to the bottom of national rankings” because if they don’t, thousands of student diplomas “will be discounted by the U.S. Department of Education and no longer...

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Experts Assesses NY State’s High School Graduation Rate

“New York state’s high school graduation rate may take a hit due to an under-the-radar provision in” ESSA, reports Chalkbeat New York. The new law “requires states to count only ‘standard’ diplomas earned by a “preponderance” of students or honors diplomas in their federal graduation...

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IN Changes School Graduation Rate Factors’

Under ESSA, “thousands of Indiana diplomas known as general diplomas would no longer count for a school’s graduation rate,” and Indiana “could see its statewide graduation rate drop from 89 percent to 76 percent.” The state’s Congressional Delegation “wants the federal education department to give...

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OK Submits its ESSA Plan

Oklahoma has sent its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Referred to as “Oklahoma Edge,” the plan “takes a more student-by-student approach to public education, including a goal of developing an individualized career academic plan for every student by 2025.”

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New Changes in KS’ ESSA Plan

Under Kansas’ ESSA plan, “75 percent of all K-12 students will be expected to score in the Level 3 and 4 ranges on state English and mathematics annual state assessment tests by 2030, meaning they will be expected to achieve scores that show they’re on...

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