Low-Performing Schools Tag

Tennessee Schools to Receive School Improvement Grants

According to The Chattanoogan, state education officials recently announced that ten schools in Tennessee will “receive grants to help spur school improvement.” These ten grants “will total $8.25 million for the selected schools and will provide funding to support specific strategies for school improvement in...

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New Mexico “Earns Praise” for School Improvement Plan

Robert Nott reports for the Santa Fe New Mexican about how the state was given “high marks” for its school improvement plan under ESSA as part of the Collaborative’s Promise to Practice peer review project and report. Peer reviewers found a lot to like with...

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IL Officials, Experts Take Different Views of School Improvement 

In Chalkbeat Chicago, Yana Kunichoff shares that even as state education officials “publicly lauded their new school rating system” last week, the Promise to Practice peer reviewers “criticized Illinois’ approach as too hands-off.” While the state “developed a clear rating system as the federal government...

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TN’s School Improvement Plan Gets High Marks

Jason Gonzales also reports on Promise to Practice’s state findings, noting that Tennessee “is listed as a leader in its plan for struggling schools.” Tennessee received “strong overall marks” in the report, which “also gives the state the highest marks in one area of its plan.”...

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CAP on Improving All Schools

The Center for American Progress’ Samantha Batel recently released an analysis of how Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) approach to school support in the context of ESSA, “largely shifts the school support role” from states to districts. “Importantly, states will continue to play a role in...

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Promise to Practice

In The 74, Carolyn Phenicie provides an overview of Promise to Practice—the latest iteration of the Collaborative for Student Success’ Check State Plans initiative, done in partnership with HCM Strategists. ”Now that all state plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act have been approved,...

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“Mixed Reviews” for Idaho School Improvement Efforts

Looking at Idaho’s “plans for improving low-performing schools,” Clark Corbin reports that Promise to Practice peer reviewers praised the state “for using education coaches to help drive school improvement.” However, peer reviewers also “raised questions about whether Idaho is doing enough to direct school improvement...

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Underperforming Schools Identified in IL

Dusty Rhodes writes for Tri-States Public Radio that, last week, the Illinois State Board of Education “unveiled a new labeling system for schools” and identified “roughly 550 Illinois schools now being tagged ‘under-performing,’ and another 200 called ‘lowest performing.’” The agency developed these descriptions under...

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Focusing on Growth in School Ratings

NWEA’s Chris Minnich writes in Education Next about the importance of factoring in student growth—and not just proficiency—when determining school ratings. While “proficiency matters, of course,” rating systems that include both achievement and growth are fairer because they “differentiate between a school with low achievement...

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