School Improvement Tag

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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Colorado Takes “Hands-Off” Approach to School Improvement

Erica Meltzer reports for Chalkbeat Colorado about the Promise to Practice review of Colorado’s ESSA-based school improvement plans. She write about how the state “largely leaves it up to school districts to choose their approach—and it doesn’t levy the same consequences on these schools as...

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NM Proposes Tougher Accountability Rules

According to Shelby Perea in the Albuquerque Journal, in the final weeks of Governor Susana Martinez’ tenure, the state Public Education Department is proposing a number of rule changes, including for school accountability and interventions. If approved, the potential regulatory shift “would put parts of...

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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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ID Says Nearly Half of Schools Need Improvement

“Since August, the State Department of Education has flagged 46 percent of all Idaho public schools as needing improvement,” reports Clark Corbin. In total, “336 of Idaho’s 725 public schools and charters have been identified for improvement” under the state’s ESSA-inspired accountability system.

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