Military-Connected Students Tag

Helping Military Children Succeed

Military Families for High Standards’ Christi Ham writes in RealClearEducation about how ESSA’s Military Student Identifier can help military families manage the many challenges they face—and help military-connected students succeed. She notes three categories of best practices that school districts serving military students and families...

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ESSA’s “Clues” for Military-Connected Students

In a companion piece in Education Week to Burnette’s article (scroll down to find), Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer delve deeper into the data reporting requirement under ESSA. The Military Student Identifier (MSI), they write, “should provide families, teachers, administrators, and researchers with a clearer understanding...

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The “Black Achievement Paradox Nobody’s Talking About”

As part of Education Week’s 10 Big Ideas in Education series, Daarel Burnette II asks: “Why do black students whose parents serve in the military significantly outperform their peers from black civilian families?” This question has “stumped researchers” for years—especially considering how the vast majority of military families move stations...

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The Power of the MSI

In The 74, Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer, authors of a recent report from the Lexington Institute, write about the struggles faced by military-connected families and how the Military Student Identifier (MSI) can help ease these struggles. Also discussed in the report,published in partnership with...

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Report Highlight’s Local County Efforts for Military Students

In the Augusta Chronicle, Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer, authors of a recent report from the Lexington Institute, write about the mission, rollout and implementation of ESSA’s Military Student Identifier and “highlighted the compelling work at the Columbia County School District in serving its military-connected...

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Military Student Identifier in Action

Karen Jowers, of Military Times, writes about the rollout of ESSA’s military student identifier, which “simply flags a student as being the child of an active-duty service member.” It’s “important for military families to be aware of the change, said Christi Ham, chairwoman of Military...

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CA District Leverages ESSA to Help Military Children

According to Brennon Dixson at the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, the Castaic Union School District in California is “responding to the challenges and unique circumstances military children face on a daily basis” by putting in place policies “to lessen the children’s impediments to success” through...

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Don’t Know Much About History (of the MSI)…

Military Families for High Standards Chairwoman Christi Ham provides an overview of the history of the Military Student Identifier (MSI), from the first “big step” of developing the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children in 2008 to the passage of ESSA in 2015.

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Military Families, the MSI, and ESSA

“Our armed forces have a manpower problem,” write retired U.S. Army general Ann Dunwoody and Military Families for High Standards Chairwoman Christi Ham. Retaining our current forces is as important as recruitment, but current members of the armed services “are increasingly concerned about their choice...

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