Low-Performing Schools Tag

Rhode Island Goes Big Using ESSA to Fight Chronic Teacher Absences

Taylor Swaak reports in The 74 on how Rhode Island is “tackling teacher chronic absenteeism by incorporating it into its ESSA plan as a measure of school accountability.” This “means the state will consider teacher absenteeism rates when gauging schools’ success and identifying low-performing schools.”

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NM Announces Funding to Help At-Risk Students

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, state Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski recently announced his department has initiated the new Direct Student Services Initiative “to make $7.7 million in funding available for at-risk students, a measure that fits into the state’s adoption of the federal...

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Idaho Identifies Struggling Schools

Clark Corbin reports that in Idaho State Department of Education officials recently released a list of the state’s 29 lowest-performing schools as part of the state’s ESSA plan. Schools were identified based on a variety of indicators—assessments, student growth, ELL proficiency, student surveys, graduation rates, college and...

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Strategic Leadership and School Improvement

Linda Jacobson reports for Education Dive that, with almost all state ESSA plans approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the “question related to school improvement isn’t so much what works to help low-performing schools, but how to implement strategies in the most effective way,”...

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ESSA and School Takeovers

Alan Greenblatt writes in Governing that since New Jersey became the first state to allow takeovers of local school districts by a state in 1989, more than 100 districts have been “appropriated” in states across the country as other states followed the Garden State’s example....

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Will Districts Use Evidence to Improve Schools Under ESSA?

Alyson Klein notes in Education Week that ESSA is supposed to be a game-changer when it comes to school improvement, giving states and districts the ability to create their own intervention mechanisms for low-performing schools if they can back their claims up with solid data....

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State Ed Officials to Four Worst Districts: “Not Good Enough”

“When the New Mexico Public Education Department was handed plans meant to improve the four worst schools in the state,” reports Kate Stringer in The 74, the department sent them all back in March with the same response: “not good enough.” This kind of “aggressive back-and-forth...

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State ESSA Plan vs. State Law in Lone Star State?

According to Houston Public Media, some experts say portions of Texas’ ESSA accountability plan—which was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Education—are “promising,” but there are also concerns. Anne Hyslop notes that Texas “is one of only a few states using a competition to...

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