Low-Performing Schools Tag

PA’s ESSA Plan Creates Political Divide

Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan has “created a political divide over a historically tough subject: what to do about chronically low performing schools.” While under No Child Left Behind, “there were strict mandates for how states should deal with consistently low-performing schools,” under ESSA, “states must still...

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IA Attempts to Decrease State’s Proficiency Gap

Under Iowa’s state ESSA plan, minority and low-income students “will have different—sometimes lower—goals than their white, affluent peers under.” These “higher growth targets are an effort to decease the state’s proficiency gap and gradually bringing low-income and minority students up to the same level as their peers.”

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

Idaho submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education “after Gov. Butch Otter gave the plan his approval.” However, “in a letter to the State Board of Education, Otter asked for more details about how Idaho will deal with its lowest performing and...

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CA Adopts State’s ESSA Plan

The California State Board of Education adopted the state’s ESSA compliance plan “with, as expected, few changes to the draft published last month.” After a year-and-a-half of work, “most board members said they were satisfied that the document meshes with and advances the state’s larger...

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School Improvement Principles for State ESSA Plans

The Council of Chief State School Officers released a “list of school improvement principles that states may want to use to guide their ESSA work.” CCSSO identified Massachusetts and Kentucky as states that have had the “most success at turning around their low-performing schools.” CCSSO also...

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ExcelinEd Playbook Details Four Core Areas of ESSA

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released their first ESSA playbook designed to provide stakeholders with recommendations and resources on implementation focusing on the “four core areas of ESSA:” school accountability, interventions, using ESSA to advance state innovations, and ESSA’s weighted student funding pilot....

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Dept. of Education Awards School Improvement Grants

The Dept. of Education awarded $427 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG) to “help turn around America’s persistently lowest-achieving schools.” The program has invested over $7 billion since 2009 to improve public schools. In conjunction with the SIG program, ESSA requires states “identify and support...

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How Should States Define School Quality Under ESSA?

Chad Aldeman, a principal at Bellwether Education, authored a new report, “Grading Schools: How States Should Define ‘School Quality’ Under the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Aldeman argues that accountability systems are best for states to “signal what it values and how schools should be working...

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