College and Career-Readiness Tag

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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IL Begins ESSA Implementation

With Illinois’ ESSA plan accepted, “changes are already in the works in classrooms across the state.” The plan would mandate that “at least 90 percent of the state’s third graders reading at or above grade level, 9 out of 10 fifth graders at or above grade...

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Dept. of Ed Approves 4 State ESSA Plans

The Dept. of Education approved four state ESSA plans – the District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee. “As more and more state plans come under the department’s review, I am heartened to see how states have embraced the spirit of flexibility under ESSA to...

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Ed Week Examines ESSA Impact on High School Graduation Rates

Education Week’s Catherine Gewertz writes that a “little-noticed change in the country’s main federal education law could force many states to lower their high school graduation rates, a politically explosive move no state would relish.” Indiana is “the first state to be caught in the...

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How ESSA Plans are (or aren’t) Addressing Career Readiness

Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group released a brief examining “where and how career readiness shows up in the first 17 ESSA plans.” The groups found that, “while more than half plan to adopt measures of career readiness in their accountability systems,” several states “missed...

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Recommendations on K-12 and Higher Ed Alignment

Higher Ed for Higher Standards released a new “Leveraging ESSA” brief detailing how the first 17 states to submit their ESSA plans laid out plans to align K–12 and higher education to support long-term student success – as the group had detailed in its previous...

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