School Quality Tag

The 74 Highlights FL’s ESSA Plan Process

The 74 highlights that Florida “may be trying to skirt the law when it comes to its public education plan,” which could “mean a delay or denial in federal education funding, an unscheduled overhaul of Florida’s school grades system, or a wink and a nod...

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The 74 Discusses Summative Ratings for School Performance

On The 74, Carolyn Phenicie discusses how, as the recently passed deadline for submission of state ESSA plans approached, many states were moving away from summative ratings for school performance. About half of the then-pending state plans used “some sort of clear, summative rating for...

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School Improvement Changes Ahead for WA Parents

When ESSA takes effect this year, Washington State “parents won’t receive letters that their child’s school ‘needs improvement’ because the school didn’t meet federal test-score targets, like some did before” because, under ESSA, there “are no federal test-score targets.”

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VA Dept. of Ed Proposes New Accountability System

The Virginia Dept. of Education is proposing a new accountability system. Under the new plan, “schools will be identified as requiring either ‘comprehensive support and improvement’ — when school-wide test scores fall short of benchmarks — or ‘targeted support and improvement’ — when a subgroup...

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Ed Week Examines Flexibility of State Testing under ESSA

Education Week examined how flexible state testing is under ESSA. The piece looked into how Oklahoma “offered its districts a choice of two nationally recognized tests, the ACT or the SAT.” However, the Dept. of Education argued that the plan “wasn’t compliant with the law,”...

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IN Agrees to Reformat Grading System under ESSA

The Indiana State Board of Education agreed to reformat the state’s A-F grading system under ESSA. The proposed system makes changes to chronic absenteeism, students learning English, test score improvement, college and career readiness, and the overall A-F grading formula.

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Education Week Assesses CT, IL, VT, and DE’s ESSA Plans

Education Week found that Connecticut, Illinois, Vermont, and Delaware’s ESSA plans “explicitly want to incorporate subjects other than math and ELA into either their academic- or school quality indicators.” As part of its school quality measure, Illinois seeks to include a “fine arts indicator based...

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