Low-Performing Schools Tag

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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State Drops Minority Graduation Rate Accountability Provision

West Virginia has “cut a proposed accountability provision regarding minority students’ graduation rates” from its ESSA plan.” The State Department of Education removed the words “and any subgroup of students” from the end of the following statement: “we propose to identify for comprehensive support and...

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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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