School Quality Tag

Tennessee Schools to Receive School Improvement Grants

According to The Chattanoogan, state education officials recently announced that ten schools in Tennessee will “receive grants to help spur school improvement.” These ten grants “will total $8.25 million for the selected schools and will provide funding to support specific strategies for school improvement in...

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South Carolina Districts Express Concern Over New Report Cards

“School districts across the state are raising concerns about the newly-released state report cards,” writes Monica Kreber for The Gazette. “Some local school districts’ concerns stem from new data elements, as well as overall concerns with standardized testing.” The state’s new report cards are based...

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ESSA & Fostering Arts Education

In the latest installment of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, an anonymous reader asks: “How do ESSA plans handle arts education?” Klein says that, under ESSA, states “had to choose at least one indicator of school quality or student success to consider alongside...

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Oklahoma’s School Report Cards Have “New Focus”

Jennifer Palmer reports for the Enid News & Eagle that after “a two-year hiatus,” Oklahoma’s school report cards are back. But now they have a new focus: “The school accountability tool underwent a significant revamp” under ESSA “and now will include student test scores, a...

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States Prioritize School Leadership

Education Dive’s Linda Jacobson highlights a recent report from the Education Commission of the States.  The report discusses how ESSA’s “inclusion of new funding sources for states to invest in leadership, coupled with decades of research identifying the important roles leaders play in student success,...

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IN Grades Better Than Federal Grades for Indiana Schools

According to Stephanie Wang in the Indianapolis Business Journal, most of Indiana’s schools “received better grades under the state’s rating system than they did based on new federal standards, according to 2018 A-F grades released” last week. Most schools in the state received two grades...

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“Data Overload” in the Age of ESSA

Hisham Anwar of EdSurge explores the question of how to prepare for “education’s data overload.” While the accountability paradigm under NCLB focused on assessment rather than instructional practice and outcomes, under ESSA, school quality and success indicators are highlighted. Anwar notes that, “a growing number...

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Key Details on State ESSA Plans

Andrew Ujifusa reports for Education Week about the publication’s updated ESSA tracker, highlighting “six individual policy areas that advocates, analysts, and educators are watching closely,” in each state’s plan, such as long-term objectives, measuring school quality “beyond test scores and graduation rates,” and school ratings.

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ESSA Missing Lots of Low-Grad-Rate High Schools?

A recent study from Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University shines a much-needed light on high schools that have “good enough graduation rates to avoid federally mandated intervention, but are able to produce those rates because so many struggling students...

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