School Quality Tag

Education Week Develops ESSA Plan Tracker

Education Week developed a “Key Takeaways Dashboard” to track the details of states’ ESSA plans. The dashboard examines states’ overall goals, school ratings, academic indicators, school quality indicators, measuring groups, and opt-out testing. The page also provides direct links to states’ submitted draft plans.

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DE Education Advocates Express Concern over 5-Star System

As Delaware officials continue to draft the state’s ESSA implementation plan, advocates are concerned over the “proposed use of a 5-star system to rate schools.” Opponents argued that the system “won’t provide a fair comparison of schools with different populations.” Supporters of the measure, including...

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New CAP Report Shares Guidelines for Designing School Classification Models

The Center for American Progress released a report on designing accountability systems under ESSA. The report’s authors encourage states not to “just comply with ESSA,” but to “take advantage of the flexibility afforded by the law in order to develop classification systems that reflect their state vision for education and that...

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The Use of Education Research under ESSA

Thomas J. Kane, professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, authored an essay in Education Next on the use of “education research” under ESSA. Kane argued that states will need a “scalable model of impact evaluation” to make evidence based changes to school improvement efforts. He encouraged education leaders to have “long term vision”...

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MD Stakeholders Stress Importance of Consistency and Accountability

During a recent meeting as part of the Maryland Dept. of Education’s ESSA listening tour, stakeholders called for “consistency and ease of access to information” and “expressed interest in using additional indicators of success outside of academic standards.” Participants also suggested “investing in good leaders...

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HI Board of Education to Review State ESSA Plan

The Board of Education will review the state’s ESSA plan at their monthly meeting on Tuesday. The department has also crafted a strategic plan for “assessing the state’s current public school system” and “identifying areas of need.” Both plans will be reviewed.

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Hamilton Project Recommends Measurement of Chronic Absenteeism

The Hamilton Project authored a report recommending the measurement of chronic absenteeism as ESSA’s fifth indicator, which the authors identify as a choice states must make under ESSA to measure “school quality or student success.” The report evaluated accountability systems under NCLB and how improvements...

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