School Quality Tag

DC Preparing for Five-Star Rating System Implementation

Perry Stein reports for the Washington Post that, this December, the District of Columbia will roll out its five-star school rating system, which “reflects a strategy to make school data more accessible to families and provide a uniform approach to assessing charter and traditional public...

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Montana Passes on A-F School Ratings

Matt Hoffman reports that Montana’s new, ESSA-based “report card for telling the public how schools are performing won’t assign an overall grade,” but will instead “focus on comparing schools across individual categories.”

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Evaluate Schools Through More Than Just Test Scores Under ESSA?

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans “released a new study that explores how school ratings would change if states evaluated school performance differently.” Sara Slaughter reports for News from Tulane that, as the “national debate on how states should measure school performance under” ESSA...

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How Are States Addressing Continuous Improvement?

Education Week’s Alyson Klein shares information about how states are approaching continuous improvement in their ESSA plans. While the term “continuous improvement” isn’t explicitly mentioned in the law, Klein notes, “A handful of states are using the law as an opportunity to rethink their systems through a continuous-improvement...

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ESSA = Lots More Info for Pennsylvania Parents

Dale Mezzacappa reports for Philadelphia Public School Notebook that, thanks to Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan, within the next two years Keystone State parents and education stakeholders of all kinds will have a lot more information at their proverbial fingertips, going “far beyond” simple demographics and exam...

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Arkansas Deploys State School Scoring System

Kaitlyn Rigdon reports for the El Dorado News-Times that the Arkansas Department of Education has released letter grades for the 2016-2017 school year, which are based on the state’s ESSA plan “School Index,” which “is comprised of multiple indicators, including achievement, growth rate, graduation rate,...

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Washington State Also Deploys School Rating System

Thomas Clouse reports for the Spokesman-Review that Washington state parents “have a new way to examine how schools are doing” via the state ESSA plan’s school rating system, which federal officials have given the nod. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal says “the new system will help...

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California Education Must Seize Chance to Be Better

While it is positive that California “has established college-ready standards and high-quality and aligned assessments” and has “adopted rigorous academic goals,” Faith and Education Coalition Leadership Advisory Council member Yvette Santana still has concerns about the Golden State’s education system. She believes the state’s new education accountability...

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So, About That Letter Grade Change…

According to Arika Herring at the Indianapolis Star, the Indiana Board of Education is putting the brakes on changes to its proposed A-F letter grading system for another year or more. Without moving forward with the new system, “schools will receive two letter grades—one state,...

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Editorial Board Upbeat on New State Reporting System

Washington State parents “have a great new tool for tracking how their public schools are succeeding—or failing—to close achievement gaps, graduate students and make other improvements,” says the Seattle Times editorial board. This new online framework—a result of the state’s ESSA plan—“focuses on data, showing...

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