School Quality Tag

Six Takeaways from Nebraska’s High School Assessments

Last week, “the Nebraska Department of Education released test scores and performance ratings for more than 1,100 schools and 244 districts.” Here, Joe Dejka highlights six key takeaways. Test scores did not change much—with proficiency scores in English language arts and math both up by...

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Maximizing School Funds

At a series of panels cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, education experts discussed ways in which America’s education system could improve results by getting “more bang for the buck through the use of technology, or in special education,...

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Idaho Misses All Yearly ESSA Benchmarks Again

For the second year in a row, “Idaho missed all of its yearly benchmarks in math and English for vulnerable student populations,” reports Clark Corbin for IdahoEdNews.org. Missing “all 22 of the math and English language arts interim targets identified in the consolidated state plan...

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New York Releases List of Highest Achieving Schools in NYC

According to Chalkbeat, New York State has identified 277 New York City schools that are among the highest achieving in the Empire State. “The schools were marked as ‘top performing’ under the federal K-12 education law, Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. A total of...

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Missouri Passes School Turnaround Legislation

Bobby Radford reports for the Daily Journal that the Missouri state legislature has passes the School Turnaround Act (HB 604), which would “provide more tools to better help meet the needs of students in under-performing schools.” The bill, which passed by significant majorities and will...

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Health, Education, and Successful Education

According to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, schools are emerging as critical places to address childhood health concerns. As part of this discussion, the authors note that the “next few years will present important opportunities for school health advocates to address student health and wellness...

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Key Takeaways on School Effectiveness

As ESSA “has significantly changed the nation’s school accountability landscape,” recent work from NWEA identifies three key takeaways from an examination of school effectiveness research: “1. School effectiveness measures are sensitive to summer loss;” “2. More student growth is attributable to schools when summer loss...

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More Than Two-Dozen New Mexico Schools Released from Oversight

Dillon Mullan reports for the Santa Fe New Mexican that the New Mexico Public Education Department announced recently that 27 public schools “have seen sufficient improvements in student achievement and graduation rates” that they no longer need to be under the “immediate oversight” of the...

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Education Leaders “Overwhelmed” by School Improvement Under ESSA

A recent report from the Center on Education Policy — “How States are Responding to ESSA’s Evidence Requirements for School Improvement” — reveals that many education leaders feel “overwhelmed” about how to implement school improvement under ESSA. Using interview information from education leaders in seven...

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New Mexico Ditches A-F School Ratings

Cindy Long reports that New Mexico’s new Governor and Secretary of Education will “amend the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), scrap the A-F school grading system and replace the policy of labeling schools as ‘failing’ in favor of actually supporting schools in need and celebrating...

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